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Processions Edinburgh 2018 051

Today was the huge Processions march, happening in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and Belfast, marking a century since Parliament, after decades of campaigning and protesting, finally allowed (some) women to have the vote for the first time in the UK.

 

Today we probably mostly think of Suffragettes as fighting (sometimes literally) for equal rights for the voting franchise, but the movement also took in a wide spectrum of social problems from poverty to worker's rights and unions, childcare, healthcare access, all things we are still, infuriatingly, having to keep fighting for today, which, along with recent global movements like #MeToo, Weinstein and more means this isn't the past, it is, like most history, still living and relevant to today.

 

Huge turnout for the Edinburgh march gathering in the Meadows before marching through town towards Parliament. There were silver-haired older ladies, young women and even wee girl guides. I hope the latter get to grow up in a more equal future.

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Taken on June 10, 2018