Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Men - Stand Up for Your Women; YOUR VIEW Becky Rogerson, CEO of My Sisters Place, Middlesbrough

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Men - Stand Up for Your Women; YOUR VIEW Becky Rogerson, CEO of My Sisters Place, Middlesbrough

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IT'S a centenary year - how wonderful to see a tribute to the Suffragettes on TV - the history of ordinary women committed to achieving extraordinary change.

One hundred years since [some] women got the vote through the Representation of the People Act 1918.

The 'suffrage' of these women marked a huge reform, though the 'Act' was also needed to resolve the issue of soldiers returning from service in the First World War - another huge centenary marking the end of the bloodiest war we have ever seen.

Why are the suffragettes so important? Because they achieved what seemed like the impossible.

Depicted as extremists, (and many were), but the common goal was a greater equality of choice. These women had been brought into the workforce to produce goods and services for their country, they laboured like men, and produced goods like men and they believed they deserved the same rights as men.

Not all suffragettes of course were women; there were a small number of influential men who took up the cause for legal equality. …

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