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Women Politicians Make Equality Pledge

Today marks exactly 100 years since some women in Jersey were given the right to vote.

The Franchise Bill came into force on 12th July 1919.

A celebratory parade is taking place through town on Saturday to mark the anniversary.

This morning present and past women politicians gathered in the States Chamber to the women who fought for democratic equality.

"Thanks to those trailblazing women  - our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers - the women of today and tomorrow have the power to shape their futures, and the lives of future generations."  - Deputy Louise Doublet

It was another three decades before the first woman States Member was elected, and there have been just 45 since. 

In a powerful speech, Deputy Louise Doublet made a collective promise on behalf of the fourteen serving females:

"We pledge to keep fighting for equal rights and opportunities for all.  Whether you are male or female, black or white, straight or LGBT, young or elderly, no matter where you are or what your background, because this anniversary today reminds us that equality is for all."

She said that Jersey still has a long way to go.

"It is down to politicians  - both male and female  - to ensure that we drive through the long over-due laws and regulations needed for equality for the children of today and tomorrow. While we have benefited from far more rights than our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, it is only natural and right to want more for our children."


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