International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March and was launched more than a century ago in response to the campaign for women’s right to vote.
Today, customers and staff at The Lawns Community Hub celebrated the day by preparing a timeline for the suffragette movement and sharing their thoughts on the influence it’s had on women’s lives over the last hundred years.
Mrs JK talked about how it had affected her parents’ lives and how she felt it was important for today’s generation to vote. Mr A A talked about the role played by women during first and second world wars and how he felt this had enabled them to be taken more seriously.
The group also reflected on the men who lost their lives in the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ of 1819 where campaigners for parliamentary reform in Manchester were cut down by the cavalry during a demonstration. More than a dozen lost their lives and 400-700 were injured, prompting the government to introduce the new legislation, the so-called Six Acts, aimed at preventing future disturbances.