ABP and Women in Journalism team up to celebrate 100 years of women’s right to vote

March 8, 2018

Caption: UK Home Secretary, The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP and Sunday Times Editorial Director, Eleanor Mills speak at Centenary Celebration of Women at Westminster event, organised by ABP and Women in Journalism on 28 February 2018

To mark 2018, a momentous year in the women’s rights calendar, Associated British Ports (ABP) teamed up with Women in Journalism for a Centenary Celebration of Women at Westminster in the House of Commons on 28 February.

In the 100th year since the Representation of the People Act allowed women to vote in public elections for the first time, the event brought together over 200 women from the worlds of journalism, politics and the maritime industry.

Headlining the evening were speeches by Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP, and the Editorial Director of the Sunday Times, Eleanor Mills.

Other guests included the BBC's Political Editor, Laura Kuenssberg, New Statesman’s Deputy Editor, Helen Lewis as well as former Shadow Home Secretary the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP and Dame Margaret Mary Beckett DBE MP.

Speaking after the event, Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said, "It was a great honour to join this landmark celebration of 100 years since Parliament acted to give females the right to vote in public elections for the first time. It marked an important turning point for women's rights and the future of our country. My thanks to Women in Journalism and ABP for arranging such a wonderful evening."

Eleanor Mills, Sunday Times Editorial Director and Women in Journalism Committee Member, said: “We are proud that we were able to celebrate the enormous successes of Suffragettes and Suffragists from all walks of life, who worked together to achieve political change.

“We must never forget their dedication and bravery and we should continue to draw inspiration from their actions in order to be able to make even greater strides on the road to gender equality.”

James Cooper, ABP Chief Executive, said: “Our support for the Centenary Celebration of Women at Westminster reflects ABP's ongoing commitment to encouraging more women to work in ports and the wider maritime sector. We are very grateful to Women in Journalism for offering us the opportunity to work with them and are delighted that the event was such a huge success."