The 100 year anniversary of the 'Franchise Bill' falls on 12th July 2019. It was a legislation that enabled women over 30 and ratepayers to vote for the first time in Jersey. This was the first in a series of milestones for democratic equality.
Throughout 2019, various exhibitions, talks and events will be held to honour this special anniversary.
Parade for women
Join the 1km parade through St. Helier to celebrate 100 years of votes for women in Jersey.
The parade will start at 2pm in Charing Cross in St. Helier and walk to the Royal Square where a number of inspirational speakers will give speeches. This includes Charlotte Valeur, Chair of the Institute of Directors; high-profile champion of equality in the workplace, Lucy Layton; and Minister for Education, Senator Tracey Vallois. Choirs 'Jersey Sings!', Vocalize and Concordia will also perform.
We encourage participants to make banners and wear purple, green and/or white.
Date: 13th July, 2019
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Location: St. Helier
Booking: Register your interest on Eventbrite.co.uk by searching for "Parade to celebrate 100 years of votes for women in Jersey"
Votes for women exhibition
Join us on a historic journey to discover how courageous women of all ages and from all backgrounds fought for the right to vote and stand for election in Jersey. The exhibition will feature historical information and photos about the suffrage campaign for women to gain the right to vote in Jersey, focussing on the trailblazers who paved the way for equality for women.
There will also be an opportunity to vote for a permanent public memorial to mark this momentous anniversary in Jersey’s history, as well as the opportunity to win a meal for two and two tickets to see ‘Margaret Atwood: Live in cinemas’ at the Jersey Opera House.
One of the exhibition’s highlights follows on from the ‘Are you related?’ appeal in June which called for members of the public to get in touch if they believed they were related to anyone who signed petitions in 1924 calling for equal rights for women. We are pleased to announce that we will bring seven brave women’s signatures to life with photos, documents and anecdotes of their respective lives. These women were a handful of the hundreds and hundreds of individuals who helped pave the way for women to vote and stand for election in Jersey today.
You can also discover how the States Assembly developed during the medieval era right through to the current day.
Dates: 9th to 20th July, 2019
Location: Old Magistrate's Court, St. Helier
Booking: No booking required
JFOW: Diane Atkinson - 'Rise Up, Women!'
First published to coincide with the centenary of British women gaining the vote in February 2018, 'Rise Up, Women!' has cemented Diane Atkinson’s status as the most authoritative voice writing on the suffrage movement today.
Celebrating the lives of the women who answered the call to ‘Rise Up’ – a richly diverse group of actresses and mill-workers, teachers and doctors, bootmakers and sweated workers - 'Rise Up, Women!' is a stirring chronicle of their grace, resilience and determination that changed the world for ever.
Dates: 27th September, 2019
Location: Jersey Opera House
Booking: Please visit the Jersey Opera House website to book your ticket
What's her street story?
Find out about some of the iconic Jersey women who drove women's suffrage and the stories of their communities in a series of free talks.
Saturday 20th July - Millais
Saturday 17th August - Gloucester Street
Saturday 21st September - Route du Fort
Saturday 19th October - Green Island
Saturday 16th November - Mont Cochon
Saturday 21st December - Naughty or Nice? Ordinary women with extraordinary lives
Dates & times:
Saturday 20th July, 2019 | 10am-11am
Saturday 17th August, 2019 | 10am-11am
Saturday 21st September, 2019 | 10am-11am
Saturday 19th October, 2019| 10am-11am
Saturday 16th November, 2019 | 10am-11am
Saturday 21st December, 2019| 10am-11am
Location: Jersey Archive, Clarence Road, St. Helier
Booking: All talks are free to everyone, but to avoid disappointment book your place by calling +44 (0) 1534 833300 or email email@example.com