On the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, Rachel Holmes remembers and reflects on how we won votes for women, what we are celebrating and why it matters today.
Rachel Holmes is the author of Eleanor Marx: A Life, serialised on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her new book Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel is out from Bloomsbury in 2019. Her previous works include The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry. She co-edited the bestselling collections Fifty Shades of Feminism & I Call Myself A Feminist, is an opinion writer for the Guardian and was a Gladstone's Library Writer in Residence in 2016.
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