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Celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote

Published: Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The centenary anniversary of women’s suffrage will be celebrated on Saturday, 10 March during an International Women’s Day event at the Guildhall.

Opening in The Great Hall at 11am, the event boasts a jammed-packed programme of talks, performances, workshops and family-friendly activities.

Leading the list of speakers on the day is Andrea Leadsom MP, who will commemorate the first female cabinet minister, Margaret Bondfield, by unveiling a bronze statue.

The celebrations will continue with the launch of the Stories of Resilience book, stage performances and stalls from local community organisations.

In addition, attendees will treated to a range of fun activities and workshops including knitting, a crime mystery activity, self-defence and yoga. And Annabel Amos from BBC Radio Northampton will be on stage at 2pm to help crown the 2018 Inspirational Woman Award winner.

Cllr Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “The centenary anniversary of women’s suffrage is a really important milestone to mark and we feel that our International Women’s Day celebrations provide the perfect forum for doing so.

“We look forward to welcoming women and families to our free event on 10 March, where they can find out more about the suffragettes and women’s right to vote as well as enjoy the entertainment and networking opportunities.

Please visit to view the progamme for the day as well as a list of organisations holding stalls