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Rebel Daughters celebrate International Women’s Day

Since January The Point has been home to Rebel Daughters, an exhibition celebrating 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed. Widely celebrated as the moment in history that women got the vote, it was a huge success for the Suffragette movement.

But the Representation of the People Act of 1918 didn’t solve everything. It only granted the vote to women over 30 who owned property or who were graduates voting in a university constituency. For a large number of women, voting was still a luxury beyond them.

This can be reflected in the situation for women today. Whilst technically and legally equal to men, including the fully equal voting rights so fiercely fought for by our predecessors, reality is not always so simple. You only have to look at the ‘Me Too’ movement, which publicises the widespread and insidious nature of sexual assault and harassment, to see that equal treatment is still not something women can automatically expect, even though they should be able to.

Now, in 2018, there is more discussion around the subject than ever before. There is a real sense of change in the air, of an end to the pretence that the unacceptable is acceptable. Today, women continue to brace themselves against boundaries and push as the Suffragettes did before them.

For International Women’s Day, we have created the video below in which women discuss what the phrase ‘Rebel Daughter’ means to them. They talk about taking a stance, defining yourself and doing what you think is right. But they won’t tell you how to be a Rebel Daughter – that is up to you.

The exhibition runs until 7 April at The Point, South Parade, Doncaster, DN1 2DR.

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