Launched on 27 June at Westminster Abbey, the Voice & Vote book tells the story of the 84-year struggle for women to get the vote, how the vote was won and what that has meant for women since, and coincides with the opening of the Vote & Voice: A Woman’s Place in Parliament exhibition. This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1918 which was a package of electoral reforms that extended the vote to women for the first time.
Tormead has a long history of preparing girls for leadership roles. As a representative of education sector, the school joined the celebrations as an editorial partner and sponsor for this official commemorative album. In addition, Tormead Sixth Form celebrated Vote100 by staging an EqualiTea this week, complete with Votes for Women badges and suffragette memorabilia.
Headmistress Christina Foord said: “A key Tormead value is to prepare our young women for life beyond school, which inevitably includes the right to vote. Thus, supporting the Vote100 commemorative album was a natural decision for us. We are proud of our ethos of encouraging each individual girl to pursue her talents to the full.”
St James’s House Founder and CEO, Richard Freed, said: “Equality is one of the most important values underpinning our society, and we are extremely excited to be producing this official commemorative album for the Trust. We are also very pleased to be working with Tormead as one of our profiled organisations.”
In addition to discussing key historical events, this fully illustrated coffee-table book will showcase a selection of organisations drawn from educational, cultural, social, technological and business spheres with relevant stories to tell. The publication will be distributed on a controlled-circulation basis to key figures and organisations around the world, including Members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, and will be made available to the general public through leading book retailers including Amazon. St James’s House has previously produced official commemorative publications for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor Castle, the 750th anniversary of Parliament in the UK and the 50th anniversary of the CBI.
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