‘February 2018 marks the centenary of the first wave of women in the UK being given the right to vote.’
February 2018 marks the centenary of the first wave of women in the UK being given the right to vote. After years of toil, violence, campaigning, and protesting, on 6 February 1918 the women of Britain were offered their first real glimmer of equality. And they’ve continued to fight for better ever since.
Barrington Stoke celebrates these women with a story from the award-winning and best-selling author Linda Newbery. Until We Win follows Lizzie, an ordinary young woman desperate for change who finds the hope that she urgently needs in the voices and actions of the protesting Suffragettes. Lizzie goes to extremes to make her voice heard and Linda perfectly captures the often fraught and dangerous lives that the Suffragettes led.
“I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to be a girl or a young woman at the time of the Votes for Women campaign. Wouldn’t you be full of indignation at the unfair situation? Wouldn’t you be determined that things must change? What would you do – would you march, write letters, protest? Would you break the law, like Lizzie in my story, and gladly go to prison? One thing was certain: these campaigners were never going to give in until they’d won the right to vote – never. That’s what gave my story its title.
I hope Until We Win is more than a story set a hundred years ago. It’s a story about demanding change and standing up for what you believe in. Lizzie’s fight may have been won, but there’s still plenty to campaign for in an unfair world – equality, environmental protection, animal welfare.
What changes do you want to see?”
‘Life is not a level playing field. Children do not have equal starting points or opportunities.’