Labour says it will pardon Suffragettes fighting for the vote

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Britain still has "a long way to go" to achieve true gender equality nearly 100 years on from women winning the right to vote, three generations of women told ITV News.

"Be yourself" and not a "stereotype of a man" is the advice British Prime Minister Theresa May would have given her younger self, she said on Tuesday, calling for more women to enter politics 100 years after they first won the vote. Women did see some progress - in 1859 the first female doctor was registered, in 1878 women could graduate from university, and in 1882 women were allowed to keep inherited property and wages.

Suffragette campaigners employed various methods of social disruption to raise awareness of their cause and force change from resistant male politicians, as a result of their activities it is estimated more 1,300 women were imprisoned whilst campaigning for the vote.

However over the next ten years laws were introduced that eliminated women's rights from serving on juries, working after marriage, and working in industry.

Addressing MPs, Corbyn revealed that "Labour in government will both pardon the suffragettes and give an official apology for the miscarriages of justice and wider persecution they suffered".

Amber Rudd stressed it was "complicated" when looking at cases of arson and violence, but promised to analyse individual proposals.

Meanwhile, with celebrations marking the centenary taking place across the UK, Mrs May hailed "the enormous strides we have taken as a society" ahead of a speech in Manchester, the birthplace of universal suffrage leader Emmeline Pankhurst.

A set of special stamps is being issued to mark the centenary of the right of women to vote in parliamentary elections.

"They [the anti-suffrage images] are portraying the suffragettes as being absolute harridans, slovenly housewives, appalling mothers, that they were ugly, that they looked like men, that they were lesbians", says Ms Atherton.

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On Feb 6, 1918, the Representation of the People Bill became law and added to the voting roll around eight million women who were aged over 30 and met other conditions.

Full suffrage for all women over the age of 21 was only granted a decade later.

New Zealand led the way on votes for women in 1893, followed by Australia, Finland and Norway, but Britain's global standing meant its move had global repercussions.

She said: "I think it's really sad that in 2018 we have as the president of apparently the most powerful place in the world someone who has done the things that he has done and speaks the way that he does".

Mr Corbyn told his top team that the convictions of suffragettes "were politically motivated and bore no relation to the acts committed".

She was the leader of the Suffragette movement.

And Labour is holding its shadow cabinet meeting at the Museum of London, where a large "Votes for Women" exhibition has just opened.

"Membership was possible for all women and from all social classes", which helped in building momentum, she said.

She said attitudes were also changing among men, particularly those who would have previously dismissed "feminist" arguments.

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