Students from Westbourne School were the invited guests of the Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Anne Murphy to her Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Sheffield Town Hall, on 6th February 2018, as part of the 100-year Anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled women to vote for the very first time in the UK. The students delivered to the Lord Mayor and the City of Sheffield, a prototype for an official plaque, which is being created for launch on the 8th March 2018, for International Women’s Day.
The Westbourne Students, also assisted the Lord Mayor, with the ceremony for the City’s official recognition of the Sheffield based, Suffragette Shop which was opened in 1908, by Sheffield Suffragettes and Adela Pankhurst at 26-28 Chapel Walk.
This shop was the regional headquarters for the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and also a meeting place for the Women’s Cooperative Guild.
From this shop, Suffragettes, Suffragists and their male supporters made major contributions, to securing the vote for women, as well as equal pay for women working in the retail trade in 1918, and additionally the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, which allowed women to be elected to Parliament. A year later Sheffield had its first female politician elected -Eleanor Barton- who was a member of the Labour and Cooperative Party.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, took time to thank the students from Westbourne School, for their support on this very historic day (6th February 2018) for the City of Sheffield and the UK and for their valuable ongoing positive contribution to the social good of the City.
The Westbourne School tie it was noted by the Lord Mayor and other Politicians contributing to the event, reflected the suffrage colours of purple, green and white. The purple symbolising dignity, white purity, and green hope. Colours of equality, quality and inclusion.