Joe Magee / A poster honoring Stroud’s Secret Suffragist

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June 13, 2018 6:37 am

Joe Magee’s poster of Margaret Hills, a well-known suffragist, for a performance marking the 100th anniversary of votes for some women in the UK after The Representation of the People Act in 1918.

Legislation enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. This act paved the way for universal suffrage in the UK ten years later and was the first in a series of milestones in a fight for democratic equality.

Bravo to the first suffragist (in this case, suffragist, not suffragette, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Hills) who will be honored in a street performance on July 14th supported by the Stroud Town Council and The Equalities Office of Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Fund.

Magee’s depiction of Hills in red with Medusa-like hair shows the piercing gaze and strength of purpose of this notable British suffragist.

 

 

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