General Election: 10 Photos Of Women At Polling Stations That'll Convince You To Use Your Vote

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08/06/2017 12:08
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It’s 104 years to the day that Emily Davison died after blocking the path of a horse at the Epsom Derby, in a protest for democratic rights for women.

Thanks to brave women like Davison - and fellow suffragettes including Millicent Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst - all women over the age of 21 were granted the right to vote in 1928. 

Despite knowing about the hardships these women faced for equal voting rights, 34% of people who were registered to vote for the 2015 general election did not visit their polling station.

This year, there are more women running for office than ever before, with women making up 30% of all candidates.

Whether you choose to vote for them, or a male candidate whose policies you prefer, your vote can make a difference. 

If you’re still on the fence about voting today, here are photos of women at polling stations through the ages that are guaranteed to inspire you.

  • 1920s
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    A group of women in their 20s left the polling station with smiles on their faces in 1929, having just voted in their first general election. 
  • 1930s
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    Women voting was becoming the norm by the 1931 general election, when this woman was photographed placing her vote in a ballot box at The Streatham Library polling station.
  • 1940s
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    By the 1940s, men and women volunteered side by side at the polling stations. Here, a woman was seen checking over votes in preparation for the count during the 1945 general election.
  • 1950s
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    107-year-old Caroline Beale (pictured centre) proved you're never too old to have your voice heard when she voted at Wallington polling station for the 1955 general election.
  • 1960s
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    Daphne Cohen walked to the polling station with her son in her arms alongside footballer husband George Cohen in the 1966 general election.
  • 1970s
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    Manchester-born singer Kathy Jones proudly strutted out of the polling station for the 1974 general election. 
  • 1980s
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    Whatever you think of her policies, there's no denying Margaret Thatcher changed the way women are seen in politics. Here, she was seen at a polling station alongside her husband Denis in 1987. 
  • 1990s
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    Singer Elaine Paige was snapped beaming from ear to ear after voting at a Chelsea polling station during the 1992 general election. 
  • 2000s
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    Two voters were photographed leaving John Scurr primary school in East London after casting their vote in the 2005 general election. 
  • 2010s
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    The hashtag #BabiesAtPollingStations has provided Brits with some much-needed light relief over the recent elections. Here, two Londoners were photographed after casting their votes in the 2015 general election with their little ones in tow. 

 

 

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