OUR VOTES, OUR VOICES: 100 Years of Women and Politics in Scotland

Join Women for Independence for a special 'history day' to commemorate a century of women being political, using their votes and raising their voices. Our first history day held in 2016 was a big success so we decided it was time for another!

On Saturday 14 September, we'll meet in Dundee for a very special national council to listen, share and learn with leading feminist historians, scholars, politicians and activists. Open to all women, there will be workshops, round table discussions, music, film, plenary panel and open mic sessions.

You can see the programme for the day here and you will find the biographies for our guest contributors for the day here




The Representation of the People Act, passed in 1918, marked the beginning of major changes to the face of British politics. For the first time, Parliamentary votes were extended to women over thirty who were graduates, owned property or paid rates - or were married to a man who did. And any woman aged 21 or over could stand as a candidate. In 1928 equal universal suffrage was finally granted. History was made again in 1999 when elections were held for a Scottish Parliament for the first time in centuries.

Women fought long and hard for their democratic rights. They campaigned for equal 50:50 representation in the new Scottish Parliament. But what difference has the vote made to women’s lives during the last century – and can women ‘do politics differently’? Despite the hopes and aspirations of the suffrage movement, despite the efforts of women as MPs, MSPs and councillors, political representation and ways of working have been largely ‘male, pale and stale’. Yet women in Scotland have never ceased to engage with ‘the system’. Countless women have struggled and achieved much as active citizens. They have worked within and beyond parties and Parliaments, seeking to build better communities; a more just and equal Scotland.

We look forward to seeing you all there.


All the details of how to book and essential information about the venue and catering arrangements



If you can support us financially then tickets can be purchased at £10 each by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.  We also supply tickets without financial cost so please email us at [email protected] to reserve one of them.  There is no need to explain your reasons, we want to support women without question and with dignity.  Please read our privacy policy on how we handle your data by clicking here.  We do not issue paper tickets or e-tickets.  If you have booked a place then your name will be on our list of attendees at the registration table on arrival. If you have not booked by 6pm on Friday 13 September then please pay on the day when you arrive/request a ticket at £0 when you arrive. Do not book through the online system after 6pm on Friday as we might not see your booking.


Who Can Attend?

The meeting is open to all self identified women.  You do not need to be a member of Women for Independence to attend.  If you need to bring a carer to support you then their ticket is always free.  You still need to book a place for your carer however.  If your carer is a man then he is also welcome. If you care for another adult or children then you are very welcome to bring them along.  See details below about a possible creche.



We wanted to see if anyone would like a creche but no one took us up on the offer so there will be no creche. (Closing date for creche booking was noon on Monday 9 September 2019).


Refreshments and Lunch

We do not supply lunch.  You are welcome to either bring a packed lunch or buy something locally for lunch.  Refreshments will be available during the day.



Here is a guide to access and facilities https://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/dundee-city-council/steeple-church



There will be people taking photographs/filming on the day.  If you do not want to be part of this this that is fine but it is your responsibility to make sure you are not in shot.  We always try our best to respect your wishes but we cannot guarantee you will not appear.


September 14, 2019 at 11:00am - 4pm
The Steeple
Dundee DD14DG
United Kingdom
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£10.00 OUR VOTES, OUR VOICES: 100 Years of Women and Politics in Scotland

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