This week we joined together with people from all over the country in EqualiTeas, to celebrate 90 years since the Representation of the People Act 1928 which gave all men and women over 21 the equal right to vote.
It’s also 100 years since the first women were allowed to vote.
The Prime Minister and Members from both Houses gather in Central Lobby to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, 1918. © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning. They were excellent spaces to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.
We used the EqualiTeas resources, sent to us by Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service, to learn about the difference between Suffragists and Suffragettes, and put into order the events in the history of Suffragism.
Some posters from around the end of the First World War showed us the different attitudes for and against Women’s Suffrage.
We went through a list of 10 important jobs (including the President of Taiwan, Senior Vice President of Apple, Head of the police in London) and asked which were held by women.
The twist was that they all are!
We also played a board game that they supplied, which ended with a close run dash to the finish line of equal representation.
A few weeks later we received a certificate and badges for taking part!