On Monday 21st May 2018 Nus Ghani, MP for Wealden in East Sussex opened a two week exhibition celebrating the centenary of Women's Suffrage at Bridge Cottage in Uckfield. The exhibition looks at the difference between the Suffragettes and the Suffragists, the notable players from Wealden, the anti-suffrage movement and also includes displays from the Girl Guides and the Mayfield branch of the Women's Institute who also celebrate their centenary this year.
One of the most important local contributors to the Suffrage movement was Dame Margery Corbett Ashby. Margery was introduced to the suffrage movement by her parents and joined the National Union of Suffrage Societies when she was at Cambridge. In 1907 she became their secretary, bringing her into close co-operation with Milicent Fawcett. In 1909 she joined the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, becoming their president in 1923. She participated in the Versailles Peace Conference and the Geneva Disarmament Conference and was one of seventeen women parliamentary candidates who stood at the first election after the Qualification of Women Act of 1981. She stood another six times but was never elected. Her last political act was in 1980, when at the age of 98, she took part in the Women's Day of Action in London. She died the following year and a thanksgiving service took place in Westminster Abbey on 14 July 1981.
The exhbition lasts 2 weeks and is accompaied by a number of events, including talks, a play and a music hall concert. More details can be found on the Bridge Cottage website.
Photo shows from left to right: Jeannette Towey, CWO Exec Asst, Nus Ghani MP, Pam Doodes, Vice Chair of Wealden District Council, all flanked by the Daisy Belles.
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