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Centenary of the women’s vote in London

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Reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 with a line-up of empowering events, activities and exhibitions marking the centenary of the women’s vote in London.

With 2018 representing 100 years since some women were given the right to vote in the UK, the capital is honouring the anniversary with special events across iconic venues in London as part of #BehindEveryGreatCity.

Rebel Women at National Portrait Gallery

Images of women from Rebel Women at National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Get involved with a year-long programme of female-focused events with Rebel Women at the National Portrait Gallery. Learn about those who fought for gender equality in Votes for Women: Pioneers, enjoy a free #RebelWomen audio trail or join talks and lunchtime lectures. Until 13 Jan

Votes for Women at the Museum of London

View the Museum of London’s special film dedicated to lesser-known suffrage stories, discover a fascinating season of events and witness a new display of iconic suffragette items in the Votes for Women exhibition, which includes Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal. Until 6 Jan

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A

Learn more about one of the 20th century’s most famous female figures with Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A. Showcasing personal objects never before displayed outside of Mexico, the exhibition documents the development of the artist’s style through paintings, clothing and photographs. Until 4 Nov

Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament at Westminster Hall

Postcard of women with votes for women placards outside the Houses of Parliament

From campaigns to victories, the Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament brings together historic objects, images and archives to tell the remarkable stories of women in politics. Plus, wander through immersive spaces which recreate women's experience in parliament. Until 6 Oct

Sylvia at The Old Vic

Photograph of Sylvia Pankhurst with a small child

Celebrate the role of Sylvia Pankhurst in the fight for votes for women with The Old Vic's Sylvia. This remarkable musical, which stars Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst, brings together dance, soul, funk and hip hop to explore the life of the suffragette. Until 22 Sep. Book Now

More women’s suffrage events in London

  • Witness the monumental Millicent Fawcett statue, the first ever dedicated to a woman in Parliament Square
  • Discover a series of free public artworks created by women celebrating heroes of London. 
  • Join events inspired by material from The Women's Library Collection at LSE Library. Ongoing
  • Look out for works by women artists displayed across the London Tube network, including an 80m-long (262ft) work at Gloucester Road Tube station, with Art on the Underground. Ongoing 
  • Visit important locations connected to the fight for suffrage with the Museum of London’s women’s movement walk. Various dates
  • Watch footage commemorating the Representation of the People Act 1918 in the pop-up KinoVan mobile cinema, at locations and festivals across London. Until 16 Sep
  • Head to 3 of London's iconic department stores – Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason  to see special window displays in honour of the suffragettes during London Fashion Week. 13-19 Sep
  • Look into the history of female medical practitioners with This Vexed Question: 500 Years of Women in Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians. 19 Sep-18 Jan
  • Watch a moving performance of award-winning Lest We Forget at Sadler's Wells Theatre. 20-29 Sep
  • See more than 200 women from across the capital perform in Dance Umbrella 2018 festival’s Everything That Rises Must Dance. 29 Sep, and 7 and 13 Oct
  • Experience the music of an important figure in the women’s suffrage movement with Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. 15 Nov
  • Learn about the struggles for gender equality throughout history with the City of London's Women: Work and Power activities, ranging from circus acts to choral performances. Until 29 Nov
  • Explore the pioneering work of women at the prestigious London university with UCL Vote 100Until Dec
  • Mark a century of Women’s Suffrage with talks, lectures and discussions at the British Library. Until 31 Dec
  • Find out about the East London Federation of Suffragettes with exhibitions, workshops and activities as part of The Women’s HallUntil 26 Jan

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