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. Tickets will be launched in the autumn along with further details. All venues are wheelchair accessible. British Sign Language Interpreters will be available at the event if required.
Women in Public Service Event
Democracy and Suffrage Exhibition
in the Coaver Conference Hall
in the Ante Chamber
(open to all)
in the Council Chamber
(participant tickets required; public gallery and webcast available for viewing)
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 Trust 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 (Dreadnaught SW)
Timeline of women elected as Devon Councillors and MPs
We are giving young people the opportunity to step into the shoes of a Councillor.
Sixth form schools and colleges are 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 three hour long sessions, each chaired by a school/college. Students from other sixth form schools/colleges are welcome to take part (tickets required) and 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
12.30pm Tavistock College
2.00pm Exeter Maths School
(topics TBC but likely to include things like tuition fees, freedom of speech and votes for 16 year olds)