By Karen Webber
Chair of Equality Matters Marple
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog, but rest assured that behind the scenes A. LOT. is happening
- Prior to the official launch, four of us got together to approve the constitution we’ve been working on for a while and to select our officials. In case you missed this, meet the team here.
- Then, on International Women’s Day, we launched as an official community organisation. This was the day where we changed from being people who are members of the same Facebook group to an actual organisation with a structure, ambitious plans, and – most importantly – people who believe enough in our aims that they want to back us officially (more about that in a moment).
- On March 21st, we held our first event! It was very well attended by a wide range of people who were interested to hear from UK Parliamentary Outreach officer Gary Hart about how parliament works, and how women gained the vote and the chance to represent citizens. (Interesting/depressing fact: in the last 100 years there have been 489 female MPs in the UK parliament. There are currently 442 male MPs sitting in parliament.)