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Barnsley Women In Commemorative Walk

Wednesday July 17 2013

IN the summer of 1913, around 50,000 women marched across Britain to London’s Hyde Park to demonstrate for the right to vote. Now, 100 years later, a Barnsley group are taking part in a commemorative national project.

Walk for Women is a series of walks taking place throughout July - and people across the country have been invited to organise an event.

Kay Sidebottom, one of the South Yorkshire event's organisers, told us her walk starts in Wath-Upon-Dearne and goes through the Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

Kay said: "Women up and down the country are putting their best foot forward to celebrate those who strived to make it possible for women to make their mark on the ballot paper."

On Saturday July 20 a walk will take place at Wath-Upon-Dearne, starting at The Church House pub. Setting off at 10am, the walk is approximately 10 miles in length and is a circular route along the Dearne Valley.

Cllr Donna Green, who is helping to lead the walk, said: "This summer we wanted to be part of the mass celebration of our brave sisters who campaigned tirelessly, often facing extreme conditions and treatment, to ensure women got the right to vote.

"Thanks to their determination we can go to the polling stations and have our say during local, county and general elections. The right to vote cannot be underestimated."

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Reply Posted by Gregory Grookett on Wednesday July 17 2013 at 17:05
Great women should have all the same rights as men!

Reply Posted by sarah tattersall on Friday July 19 2013 at 09:54
All WOMEN have a VOICE,
Every woman has a CHOICE,
Don't let anyone speak for YOU.
Show you count and use your VOTE.

Reply Posted by sarah tattersall on Friday July 19 2013 at 10:11
Send a POSITIVE Message Through.

Reply Posted by caroline on Friday July 19 2013 at 10:12
Great to see this commemorative walk - too many women don't vote - you should use your vote, people struggled and even died for this right.