York Women Count! Special event to mark 100 years of women getting the vote

Flashback to the York Theatre Royal production of Everything Is Possible, the play about the suffragettes. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

York Women Count will take over St Helen’s Square in the city centre on Friday (December 14) to mark 100 years to the day, since (some) women were first able to use their vote.

York Women’s Forum are holding an open air York Women Count! event taking over St Helens Square in the city centre between 12 noon and 2pm.

Rachael Maskell, York’s first woman MP and Verna Campbell, Sherriff of York, will be joining them for an afternoon of celebration, conversation and revolution!

Live performances

The event will include a street stall with voter registration, a ‘USE YOUR VOTE!’ ballot box, and the opportunity to complete a York Women’s Survey.

There are also live performances from Kyra Women’s Voices and Hannah Davies, vox pop interviews and filming for the Yorkshire Film Archive – followed by an after party at the Kyra’s Women’s Project from 2-4pm.

York Women’s Forum formed this year following the first York Women’s Conference held in April. It offers the women of York a voice, and space to network and campaign on the issues that matter most to them.

For more information about the event email York Women’s Forum or visit the website.