Barbara Keeley MP


Salford celebrations for International Women's Day

Barbara and Hazel Blears MP held a meeting for Salford Women on Saturday May 8th.

To commemorate International Women's Day, the meeting was held at the Pankhurst Centre - Home of the suffragettes Emmeline Pankhusrt and her daughters Sylvia, Christabel and Adela.

Around 30 women attended the meeting and they listened to the 2 MPs talk about International Women's Day in history as well as talked about the issues for women and their families today.

Barbara said:

"This year we celebrate the fact that it is 90 years since legislation was first passed to give the vote to women aged 30 years over and it is 80 years since women got equal voting rights. The Pankhursts played a leading role in that campaign so it is right that we commemorate their role by visiting the Pankhurst Centre. The suffragettes campaigned, suffered and in one case died to give equal rights to women and I have always believed that women should remember that struggle when they vote.

"We have made great progress in gaining equal rights for women but there is still a gap in pay between women and men and we don't have equal representation in Parliament, in our councils, in top jobs in the public and private sectors or in our universities. I will work in Parliament to help to change that. Enabling women to get better skills and better jobs helps our economy and enbaling women to balance work and childcare or caring helps families too."

BK Hazel Pankhurst Centre

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