Councillors mark 100 years of the vote

There was cross-party support for International Women's Day as councillors came together to mark the 100th anniversary of the women's vote.

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Provost Jean Jones said, "While the Act one hundred years ago marked the beginning of a ground-breaking process to give women the right to vote, it has taken years of political reform and change in society to achieve some level of equality not just in politics but across a range of issues, some of which are still being tackled. What those women did do all those years ago was give women a voice, and they used it to pave the way for better women's rights in politics, in the workplace, legally and within our culture.

"We have seen a lot of changes that have improved the circumstances for women and here in North Lanarkshire, that is evidenced by having over a quarter of our council comprising women. We have come together on International Women's Day to mark the 100th anniversary of votes for women, as even though we may have political differences, we are united in advocating for improved rights for all women and will continue to campaign to drive change, to achieve complete equality."

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