I think the idea of remembering the tragic events at Tattenham Corner in June 1913 with a minute’s silence during the Epsom Derby 2013 is excellent.
I have long admired Miss Davison and others involved in the struggle for equality of access to suffrage and higher education – for women and the working classes. That access to higher education is again a contentious issue is, in my mind a retrogressive step.
Several threads are weaving together in the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) this week.
We have a Parliamentary celebration coming up on 7 November with WEA students, volunteers, staff and supporters joining MPs, peers, funders and partners at Westminster. Our Trustees will be taking active roles at the event, which we’re holding during National Trustees’ Week.
The WEA is also backing a new campaign for a minute’s silence at next year’s Epsom Derby to commemorate Emily Wilding Davison’s death in 1913. Emily made the ultimate sacrifice as a suffrage campaigner fighting for women’s rights to vote. She was one of our own, having been active in the WEA.
100 years on and the WEA is still campaigning for greater equality in politics. We launched a ‘Women into Politics’ project in Nottingham last Friday.
Parliamentary event, 7 November
There are more details about our Parliamentary event at: http://www.wea.org.uk/News/parliamentaryevent.aspx
We’re looking forward to celebrating award winners’ achievements…
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