This post was first published by The Croydon Citizen 22/03/2018.
Press for progress: how Croydon celebrated Women’s History Month
March is Women’s History Month. The theme for International Women’s Day, which fell on 8th March, was Press for Progress, as 2018 marks the 100-year anniversary since women first got the right to vote in the United Kingdom.
Croydon has hosted a range of events celebrating both Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
On 7th March, Croydon Council’s Women’s Staff Network presented #PressForProgress: International Women’s Day 2018 at BoxPark. Lives Not Knives hosted its first International Women’s Day event on 8th March.
The room was decked out in celebration featuring balloons reading ‘Votes for Women’ and a display of hats alongside signs which among others read ‘To ask freedom for women is not a crime’.
“I think that [women are] stronger together”, Sutton said. She said that the main point of her speech was the idea that women should support each other. During her speech she added that “breaking barriers takes a lot of stubbornness, a lot of stamina”.
King said as time moves forward, it’s important to remember that women only got the right to vote 100 years ago, and that they went through a lot to get a vote for only a small number of people.
“It wasn’t for every woman. It was for a very select number”, she said. “We shouldn’t become complacent about voting when women worked so hard to earn us the right to vote.”
As the night came to an end, attendees got the chance to speak with the speakers and others in the room. Karen Stracey, Fundraising Coordinator for Lives Not Knives, said a lot of planning went into the evening.
“We contacted the speakers, all the women to come and celebrate with us tonight”, she said. She said that they wanted to celebrate the 100-year anniversary and powerful women in the community.