Celebrating a century of women’s vote

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Choir of 100 Women’s Voices at St George’s Hall. Pic © JMU Journalism

The 100th anniversary of some women gaining the right to vote was a cause for a celebration as people gathered to mark the occasion.

The event, which took place inside St. George’s Hall last night, which was hosted by Blackburne House and in partnership with musical director Jennifer John.

The charity has been running for over 30 years and aims to inspire women, while providing education, safety and nursery houses.

Claire Dove, Chief Executive of Blackburne House, said: “There was never a question if I was ever going to vote. I was shocked at how many people at the last election did not vote and exercise their rights.

“It’s important that you fight for your rights and stand together.”

Mrs Dove also had the pleasure of unveiling two plaques at Liverpool Town Hall and Blackburne House to recognise the part played by women on Merseyside in bringing about female suffrage.

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The two-and-a-half hour event on Wednesday night consisted of the main performers, ‘100 Women’s Voices’, who come from various different communities and organisations, but joined as one to sing in honour of the ‘massive achievement’ since fighting for the right to vote.

Other artists included solo singers Chantel Coleman and Daisy Gill, spoken word artists Rochelle Ellis and Raven Rahda, and a ukulele band.

Organiser of the choral performance, Jennifer John, 53, told JMU Journalism: “I hoped people tonight gained a sense of spirit and a sense of community. I think when people sing in choirs there’s an energy that happens. I think that due to it being 100 years since some women got the vote, it’s pretty huge.

“Places like Blackburne House are forerunners for women’s education. It’s important that we are visible as creators, mothers, sisters and community and tonight gave the opportunity to show that equality for all is key. When we see women in powerful positions, it makes the world a better and more powerful place to be.”

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