Deeds Not Words: Women’s vote celebrations begin in Corby

The Corby  Votes & Voices Choir conducted by Paula Boulton (left) NNL-180107-213314005
The Corby Votes & Voices Choir conducted by Paula Boulton (left) NNL-180107-213314005

A month of special events in Corby to celebrate 100 years since women won the right to vote began last night.

The Votes & Voices programme started last night (Sunday) at the town’s rooftop gallery where leading Northamptonshire feminist Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans spoke on a range of topics including feminism in action, why women have had to continue the fight for equality since winning universal suffrage and the effects of the gender recognition act on women’s rights.

The banner made by the women of Corby for the Vote 100 women's march NNL-180107-213336005

The banner made by the women of Corby for the Vote 100 women's march NNL-180107-213336005

The events have been organised by Corby and East Northants Labour party’s Women’s Forum but are open to people of any, or no, political persuasion.

Local women have also formed the Votes & Voices choir which will be performing throughout the month. Last night they sang a series of songs about the women’s movement including some used to rally crowds by suffragettes.

Events this month include a burlesque masterclass, a singing workshop run by musician and author Paula Boulton, a talk about the unique work of the Corby Women’s Centre, a supper with Beth Miller, a talk on the history of women’s suffrage in Northamptonshire, a poetry evening and a presentation about the story of Greenham Common and the women’s peace movement.

There is also an exhibition of artefacts relating to the suffragette and suffragism movements including two suffragette costumes and a game of ‘Panko’.

Two suffragette outifts on display at Corby's rooftop gallery during July NNL-180107-213243005

Two suffragette outifts on display at Corby's rooftop gallery during July NNL-180107-213243005

Visitors to the gallery can also see a display featuring the history of the feminism in Corby and the women’s centre.

And the banner made by women of the town for the Vote 100 march in London is also available to view. It features the Corby raven, a slogan written by a 15-year-old girl from Corby - Women Together Will Change the World -, dozens of embroidered violets and the town’s motto, Deeds Not Words, which is shared with the suffragette movement.

Beth Miller, The Labour Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Corby & East Northants, said: “The first women getting the vote was a turning point but 100 years later there is still so much that can be done. I hope that people will want to join in these celebrations and work with us to achieve our goals.”

There is more information on the events on the group’s Facebook page.

The card game Panko - on display this month at the Corby rooftop gallery as part of the Votes & Voices month of events NNL-180107-213254005

The card game Panko - on display this month at the Corby rooftop gallery as part of the Votes & Voices month of events NNL-180107-213254005

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