Deeds not Words: From Supporter to Member

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

Quick updates

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.)

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Press for Progress with Equality Matters Marple

By Karen Webber
Chair of Equality Matters Marple

After Christmas, we were collecting used Christmas cards to send to the charity Women in Prisons. They use the front parts of old Christmas cards to let female prisoners make cards for their families. As my seven-year-old son helped me sort through the nearly 2,000 donations we received, he simply said: “Why not the men?”

For him, it was a strange concept: why not treat men and women the same?

It was a strange concept, too, for Emmeline Pankhurst. Back in 1913, she said: “You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals.”

Let that sink in for a minute. She made her famous Freedom or Death speech in 1913. One hundred and five years ago.

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