We are planning something BIG for 14th December!
14th December 1918 was the first time women who won the right to vote were able to vote in a general election. We are marking this centenary with an exhibition, youth takeover and event about women in public service. All venues are wheelchair accessible.
Women in Public Service Event
Democracy and Suffrage Exhibition
in the Coaver Conference Hall
(Booking essential – get your tickets here)
in the Ante Chamber
(open to the public on 14th December from 9am to 4pm)
in the Council Chamber
(public gallery and webcast available for viewing)
watch Live on Facebook via Devon County Council’s Facebook page!
|Open to DCC staff, County Councillors and visitors to the Committee Suites from 3rd December||This event will be webcast and can be viewed here live, or at a later date once it has been archived.|
This exciting celebration and exploration of women’s representation and empowerment will include:
Opening from Devon County Council’s Chairwoman, Councillor Caroline Chugg
Songs from The Wren Herstory Women’s Choir
Performance from Dreadnaught SW
‘Sofa Interviews’ with BBC Radio Presenter Jo Loosemore on:
Empowering Women in Public Service with women from local public services, Representation of Women in Politics with guests from Fawcett Society, 50:50 and the Parliament Project, and Herstory – Devon’s First Women Politicians with Dr Julia Neville and Lisa Berry-Waite.
The Candidates photography exhibition of women who stood for election in 2017 (courtesy of Fawcett Devon)
A Polling Station – information about the 1918 vote and opportunity to debate and vote on issues of today
Rebellious Sounds Archive (Dreadnought SW)
Timeline of women elected as Devon Councillors and MPs
Information about the suffrage campaign
We are giving young people the opportunity to step into the shoes of a Councillor.
Sixth form schools and colleges have been invited to take over the Council’s Chamber (where full council meetings are held) to debate and vote on topics of interest.
There will be two one hour long sessions, each chaired by a sixth form school/college. The debates can also be viewed by others in the public gallery and via a webcast. No adults are allowed to participate in the debate!
11am Exeter Royal Academy of Deaf Education, topics: subtitles on live TV and why announcements and news items in sign language is important.
12.30pm Tavistock College, topics: Reproductive Rights (abortion, period poverty/tampon tax, gender pay gap and gender pronouns)