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Corbyn Calls For Suffragettes to Be Pardoned One Hundred Years Later

Women's suffrage: Labour will pardon suffragettes convicted while fighting for right to vote, says Jeremy Corbyn

There was a shift for the better in 1918 with the implementation of the Representation of the People Act, yet this still did not put women on an equal footing as men. Women did see some progress - in 1859 the first female doctor was registered, in 1878 women could graduate from university, and in 1882 women were allowed to keep inherited property and wages.

Campaigns for women's rights, including the right to vote, started around the mid-19th century, after Mary Smith delivered the first women's suffrage petition to parliament in 1832.

Addressing MPs, Corbyn revealed that "Labour in government will both pardon the suffragettes and give an official apology for the miscarriages of justice and wider persecution they suffered".

Even though Amber Rudd has guaranteed she could "take a look", it was not "straightforward" for legal pardons to be granted for illegal acts which include arson.

But according to Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of celebrated Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, their peaceful campaign should not be forgotten.

She presented Morgan - whose views on equality have sometimes been controversial - with a suffragette badge to mark the centenary.

Today Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Good Morning Britain: 'They were perceived as criminals at the time, and it is hard to underestimate the bad violence that they suffered.

It was 100 years ago that women were given the right to vote for the first time - albeit dependent on them having to fulfil certain criteria, such as being older than 30 and being a property owner, or married to one.

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"Suffragette activism was for a noble cause and many of them became political prisoners".

In a speech in Manchester - the birthplace of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst - May will honour the women who "transformed British democracy". "They made such sacrifices so that we could all enjoy the rights we have today", said chief executive Sam Smethers in a statement.

Referencing the exclusion of some women from enfranchisement in 1918, novelist and broadcaster Bonnie Greer said political life for a woman is still "different, harder, less rewarding, more risky than it is for a man".

"These women came from all walks of life, so it was not just the middle classes, it was the working-class women as well who stood up for their rights and broke the stigma of them being uneducated".

"In the 21st century it can not be acceptable for any women - or any person - to have to face threats and intimidation simply because she or he has dared to express a political opinion". "Convictions of Suffragettes were politically motivated and bore no relation to the acts committed", Mr. Corbyn said in a press release.

The fight for women's suffrage was led by women made famous by their daring stunts, law-breaking and non-violent forms of protest.

"This is important to Rochdale because there were many people from Rochdale who were in the suffragette movement and apparently there was once a meeting at 2 Baillie Street".

A number of the examples in her collection still have original writing on the back, many of which don't explicitly refer to the image on the front.

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