Why I'm marching to mark the centenary of women getting the vote
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I'm marching to remember how far women's rights have come, and acknowledge how far we still have to go. On Sunday 10th June, thousands of women in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will take to the streets to mark the centenary of women finally being allowed to vote. PROCESSIONS, organised jointly by 14-18 Now and Artichoke, is a live art movement which aims to represent the diversity of modern womanhood, bringing together everyone who identifies as a woman, whilst remembering the sacrifices of those in the past. By marching in groups dressed in green, white and violet, the entire march will become the suffragette flag, with many of those involved carrying banners inspired by the ones the suffragettes themselves would have carried during their marches. Community workshops and local parties have been set up to help women create these banners, using art to express each individual's experience of being a woman and how this relates to their campaigning predecessors. The marches are one of a number events taking part this year to celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918, allowing women over the age of 30 with property to vote for the first time. I will be among these women marching on Sunday, and can't wait to be part of this exciting art venture. However, for me, and many others, this march goes far beyond art for two reasons.
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