Women in Public Service Day held on centenery of women’s suffrage

Posted on: 5 December 2018

Tickets are still available for Devon County Council’s Women in Public Service day on 14 December.

The event is being hosted by Devon County Council’s Chair, Councillor Caroline Chugg at County Hall and takes place 100 years to the day after the first women were given the right to vote in a UK general election.

Juanita Phillips, the sole woman Devon county councillor in 1933

The day will explore women’s rights and representation through performance art and discussion and tap into stories of the past and explore the present day and the future.

It will include a series of ‘sofa interviews’ led by BBC Radio Devon’s Jo Loosemore with guests representing different parts of the public sector, campaign groups and historians.

The interviews focus on a variety of topics including how to empower women who work in the public sector, the representation of women in politics and the history of Devon’s pioneering female politicians.

It will also cast a critical eye on how far the UK has come since 14 December 1918, and how far it still has to go.

It will open and close with songs based on the themes of women’s suffrage, feminism and women’s history performed by Wren Music Women’s Choir, and include a performance from Dreadnought Southwest.

Dreadnought Southwest is an organisation that connects individuals and communities through the telling and keeping of great and courageous stories about women that have lain undiscovered and often untold.

Alongside the event there will be an exhibition which is open to the public from 9am to 4pm.

The exhibition includes a timeline of women county councillors and Devon MPs, a photography exhibition of the Devon women who stood for election in 2017 and information about the 1918 vote and suffrage campaign.

In addition, a Rebellious Sounds Archive Listening Booth and a polling station will be available giving visitors the chance to vote on whether the voting age should be lowered to 16.

Councillor and current Chairwoman of Devon County Council, Caroline Chugg said: “Women in Public Service will be a memorable day that engages people

Cllr Caroline Chugg

through celebration, performance and discussion about women’s rights and representation; tapping into stories of the past and exploring the present day.

“I hope you can join us for what promises to be a fascinating day.”

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