There Is A Free Exhibit on Women and The Vote at Parliament

There Is A Free Exhibit on Women and The Vote at Parliament

There is just over a month left to visit this free exhibit at Parliament!

Voice and Vote is a free exhibition running until the 6th of October. “Combining interactive features and historic exhibits, 'Voice & Vote' highlights the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords.” 

One of the highlights of the exhibit for us was the powerful quotes displayed around the exhibition from both famous and obscure figures of the women’s history. Some of our favorites include: 

"The real protection women needed was the power to protect themselves" - Millicent Fawcett, 1872. 

"The real protection women needed was the power to protect themselves" - Millicent Fawcett, 1872. 

"Taxation without representation is a tyranny. I am unable to pay money to the state, as I am not allowed to exercise any control over its expenditure." - Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, 1913. 

"Taxation without representation is a tyranny. I am unable to pay money to the state, as I am not allowed to exercise any control over its expenditure." - Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, 1913. 

In addition, the ability to be able to sit in a recreation of the cage and listen to powerful suffrage and anti-suffrage speeches by male politicians (which were recorded by voice-actors and played on a loop) was absolutely enthralling. Speeches Russell Gurney and John Stuart Mill were some of our favorites. 

But perhaps, what is most wonderful about the exhibit is its layout. The exhibit is divided into four sections (the Ventilator, the Cage, the Tomb and the Chamber); taking one on a journey through the physical barriers women have faced in parliament throughout history. Starting off in the Ventilator, a loft space above the Commons where women watched and listened to debates as they were banned from the chamber, before transitioning to The Cage, The Tomb and ending up at the Chamber we know today. 

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After a powerful journey through the exhibit which details the struggles and challenges many women faced in order to get the vote, the Chamber illuminates “How Far We’ve Got to Go’ by highlighting the fact a third of women did not vote in the 2017 UK general election as well as a variety of other significant facts. 

The ‘Voice and Vote’ exhibit is truly a wonderful and accessible way to mark the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote. (This was extended to all women over 21 in 1928). 

To book your tickets to ‘voice and vote’ click here. Tickets can also be booked by telephone or in person from the Ticket Office at Portcullis house. Although tickets are free, advance booking is recommended.  

 

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