On a freezing cold Friday afternoon, Melanie and women party members gathered in Grimsby to persuade women (and men) to register to vote. In the centenary of the vote being given to some women in 1918 – the start of overall suffrage – what better way to spend a few hours than to distribute voter registration forms. Dressed in the colours of the Suffragettes no buildings were scaled or windows smashed but the mood was determined, as surely our sisters a century were in their struggle.
Many people were engaged in conversation (nobody gets away from Liz!) and much support was shown by those already registered. However, many hurried by and we heard the same phrases often encountered on the doorstep when canvassing. ‘Not interested – don’t know anything about it/politics – they’re all the same – what’s the point – etc’
What’s the answer? Education, communication and understandable media reporting were three suggestions and the most important of these, communication. We must never stop trying – where would we be today if the Suffragettes and Suffragists had given up??