July 23, 2018

Celebrating a century of women’s votes – our thoughts


Last month, our Senior Project Manager, Lexie Grech, attended Processions – an event in London that aimed to create a mass artwork in celebration of 100 years of women voting. Here’s what she had to say about it:

“The event completely surpassed any of my expectations. Central London was turned into a sea of green, white and purple for one Sunday afternoon, with over 30,000 people (mostly women) gathered from all walks of life, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientation. It was absolutely spectacular to see the effort that attendees went through, creating fabric banners, just like our sister suffragettes did 100 years ago.

It really made me think about the power of movements. Did the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst and Millicent Fawcett even understand that what they were creating then, would still be so vigorously celebrated now? It was wonderful to experience the empowerment of the sisterhood and the outcry, as the crowd chanted: “EQUAL PAY… NOW” and “BE BRAVE”.

I couldn’t stop taking photos – every time I looked there was a moment to record and remember happening around me. As I marched along Park Lane all the way to Parliament Square, proudly donning my purple scarf, I couldn’t help but wonder what the next 100 years will bring for us women and for equality, as a whole.”