As the women’s suffragette movement completes its centenary today in the United Kingdom, posters are unveiled showcasing women’s struggles while they fought for the most significant and necessary right – the right to vote.
(News Credit : The New York Times)
LONDON — They were wrapped in plain brown paper and addressed to “the librarian” at the University of Cambridge.
The delivery took place circa 1910. Sent by a major figure of the suffragist movement in Britain, Marion Phillips, the parcel contained posters illustrating the struggles of women in the country to get the right to vote.
It took decades for the posters on fading paper to be rediscovered and dusted off. But the images illustrating women’s fight for voting rights have gone on display for the first time at the university to commemorate the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which gave British women over the age of 30 the right to vote 100 years ago on Tuesday.
The institution bills the posters as “one of the largest surviving collections of suffrage posters from the early 20th century.