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Residents asked to nominate an inspirational woman for vote centenary event

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 09 March 2018

Suffragettes marching in London for women's votes. Picture: PA

Suffragettes marching in London for women's votes. Picture: PA

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As part of national celebrations to mark 100 years since women first gained the vote in 1918, Gravesham Borough Council is asking for residents to nominate a woman who inspires them or who has made an impact of their community.

Any woman, living or dead, from any walk of life, can be nominated, but the council is particularly keen to hear about women with a connection to the River Thames.

The project is being run in conjunction with a huge national event on June 10, in which the significant achievement will be honoured across the UK.

To commemorate the passing of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which granted women over the age of 30 the right to vote, four mass participation events will be taking place in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London, to celebrate the centenary of the historic day.

The council is supporting the event, and is working with arts organisation Kinetika to create five flags representing five places along the Thames - Dartford, Gravesham, Thurrock, Southend and Barking and Dagenham.

Each flag will feature one woman from each area of those nominated.

To decide the which woman will be featured on the flag, a short list of 10 names will be produced for artists and participants from the other four towns.

The council will be revealing the borough’s featured woman on Wednesday, April 25, and look forward to promoting and celebrating the women of Gravesham and Dartford.

The announcement follows acknowledgements from the council to mark International Women’s Day yesterday (Thursday, March 8), where the 12 female Gravesham councillors spoke about their achievements and motivations to enter politics.

The annual day celebrates women’s fight against oppression and the right to vote, as well as the progress that has been made politically, socially and economically over 100 years.

Please send your nomination with a supporting statement to Kirsty Gaunt - kirsty.gaunt@gravesham.gov.uk by Monday 16 April.

To find out more about the project or to be actively involved you can check the Processions website www.processions.co.uk/.

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