The Women's Suffrage Movement was a hard fought battle which began in the latter half of the nineteenth century with campaigns to lobby members of parliament in order to get votes for women. Organised campaigns in support of women's suffrage began to appear in the mid-1860s.
In 1867, during a debate on parliamentary reform, John Stuart Mill, a liberal member of parliament, for City and Westminster, proposed an amendment which would have given the vote to women on the same terms as men however, it was rejected by 194 votes to 73. The suffragette movement gained momentum after this and in 1897 the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies was formed under the leadership of suffragist, Millicent Fawcett.
In 1914 at the start of WW1 the suffrage movement was scaled down and even though they suspended some of their activities, the suffragette movement continued to gain momentum.
On Sunday 10th of June 2018, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of a celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, the PROCESSIONS will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
One hundred women artists have been commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops.
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