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Issue Date: 15/02/2018
Issue Name: Votes for Women
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Celebrating the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, a hundred years on, this stamp issue presents an overview of the trials and tribulations of the women who campaigned tirelessly to win the vote. Our Votes for Women cover features a stunning image of Christabel Pankhurst at a polling booth, and features all 8 new Votes for Women stamps, along with a Manchester postmark (Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester and the Women's Social Political Union was founded at the Pankhurst family home in Manchester).
Votes for Women
Women's suffrage in the United Kingdom was a movement to fight for women's right to vote. It finally succeeded through two laws in 1918 and 1928. It became a national movement in the Victorian era. Women were not explicitly banned from voting in Great Britain until the 1832 Reform Act and the 1835 Municipal Corporations Act. In 1872 the fight for women's suffrage became a national movement with the formation of the National Society for Women's Suffrage and later the more influential National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). As well as in England, women's suffrage movements in Wales and other parts of the United Kingdom gained momentum. The movements shifted sentiments in favour of woman suffrage by 1906. It was at this point that the militant campaign began with the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).
The outbreak of the First World War in 1914 led to a suspension of all politics, including the militant suffragette campaigns. Lobbying did take place quietly. In 1918, a coalition government passed the Representation of the People Act 1918, enfranchising all men, as well as all women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications. This act was the first to include practically all men in the political system and began the inclusion of women, extending the franchise by 5.6 million men and 8.4 million women. In 1928, the Conservative government passed the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act giving the vote to all women over the age of 21 on equal terms with men.
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Dame Harriet Mary Walter, DBE is an English stage and screen actress. A distinguished career has seen Dame Harriet in some very notable shows, broadcasts and films including Star Wars, Mary Stuart, Atonement, The Crown, Sense and Sensibility, Downton Abbey, Call the Midwife and many many others. However it is her role as Emmeline Pankhurst in the Radio 4 drama 'Home Front' which made her the perfect signatory for our Votes for Women First Day Cover, even more so when it came to light that a lot was recorded in Folkestone where we are based!
Dr. Helen Pankhurst (born 1964) is an international development and women’s rights activist and writer. Pankhurst is currently CARE International’s senior advisor working in the UK and Ethiopia She is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who were both leaders in the British suffragette movement. Helen’s donation is going to CARE International/The Pankhurst Centre.
Edwina Currie (née Cohen; born 13th October 1946) is a British former politician, serving as Conservative Party Member of Parliament from 1983 until 1997. She was a Junior Health Minister for two years, resigning in 1988. By the time Currie lost her seat as an MP in 1997, she had begun a new career as a novelist and broadcaster. She is the author of six novels, and has also written four works of non fiction. Edwina’s donation is going to Childline.
Lynne Joanne Franks OBE (born 16th April 1948) founded one of the UK’s best-known public relations consultancies in the early 1970s and is currently an advocate, communications strategist, writer and spokeswoman on women’s issues, sustainability and consumer lifestyles.
Helena Bonham Carter, CBE (born 26th May 1966) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in low-budget arthouse and independent films to large-scale Hollywood productions. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove (1997). For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech (2010), she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best
Supporting Actress and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. She also won the 2010 International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role as British author Enid Blyton in the TV film Enid (2009).She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours list for services to drama, and in January 2014, the British prime minister, David Cameron, announced that she had been appointed to Britain’s new national Holocaust Commission. Helena’s donation going to Childline.
Kate Pankhurst is a British writer and illustrator, known for a series of children's picture books. She won second place in the 2002 Macmillan Prize for Picture Book Illustration. Kate's donation is going to Childline.
Dame Margaret Beckett, DBE is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Derby South since 1983.