Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Why some women gained the vote in 1918

The Representation of People Act became law in February 1918. From that point on women over 30, who were occupiers of property or married to occupiers, were entitled to vote.

This was seen as a major success for women's suffrage and was also popular with the general public. The Act was not such a success for women under 30. They would have to wait another 10 years before they received the same rights.

Why it took so long for women to gain the vote
Women had to overcome many obstacles and face many challenges to gain the vote. Like middle and working class men before them, they had to convince Parliament to extend the franchise to them. People who have privileges are always reluctant to give them up, and this was an even bigger gamble for MPs than giving votes to some extra men - after all, giving women the vote on the same terms as men meant more than doubling the electorate. Politicians in both of the main parties were worried that the women might vote for their opponents.

Both socially and legally, women were regarded as inferior to men in the 19th century. This was changing, but too gradually to allow the campaign for the vote to succeed quickly.
There were divisions among women - some of them agreed with the view that women should not take part in politics, even that they would not be able to understand politics.
The tactics of the WSPU received massive publicity but much of it was negative, leading to arguments that women who acted like this did not deserve the vote. At one point, Churchill proclaimed that "their cause has marched backwards".

The very public disagreements between the suffragist and suffragette leaders, and later even within the suffragette movement, did not help to create a coherent campaign.

At the height of the campaign, the Liberal government had many other issues and crises to deal with - passing their social reforms, trouble with trade unions, the dispute between the Lords and the Commons over the Lords' rejection of the 1909 Budget, the naval arms race with Germany, the increasing likelihood of war in Europe, and the Home Rule debate leading to violence in Ireland. This meant that the suffrage campaigners were competing with all these issues for the government's attention.

Fancy learning more?




Thursday, 25 January 2018

Who is our Speaker on 5th February?

Nikki Guy from the Stockport Women’s Centre

She will be speaking about the charity that was set up by a social worker and psychotherapist.

Nikki specialises in providing services for women surviving poverty, social exclusion and emotional trauma consequent to sexual and domestic abuse. 

For more information, please check out this link www.thewomenscentre.uk.net/

Saturday, 6 January 2018

What's On

January: Cale Green Club Dates
Gardening – finished till March
Mindfulness – 14 January 6-8 (Note now a Sunday)
Book Club – 18 January
Sewing – 26 January – flexible drop in session 10-2.30
Art and Craft – 30 January – 7.30
Social Events – Friday 19 Jan, Victoria & Abdul, Plaza 11am

Monday 19 February, Chilli Massala, Edgeley 8PM
March – exact date TBC – Robinsons Brewery

Other clubs - walking; allotment; pet sitting; skill swaps; sale and swap; Davenport runners; Blossoms knitty night, Alleviating loneliness

NEW CLUB: Quilting Group 

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2018 Speakers

January to December Cale Green WI Speakers - PLEASE CLICK HERE

We have a diverse range of speakers this year ranging from Chocolate, Morecambe and Wise, and produce personal inspiration boards.

We would love to see you.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Useful Contacts During the Holidays

NHS 111  - ‘when you need urgent medical help but it’s not life threatening’.

Emergency 999 (Police, Fire and Life Threatening Medical Help)

Free Gas Emergency Service 0800 111 999.
Ring this number if you smell gas, think you have a gas leak or are worried that fumes containing carbon monoxide are escaping from a gas appliance.

United Utilities 0800 330 033. Ring this number if there is a water leak in your home and/or to report a water main leak or blocked sewer on a road or footpath.

Stockport Without Abuse 0161 477 4271. Ring this number for support, advice and accommodation to women and children that have been affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Samaritans 0161 432 1221 or free on 116 123. Ring this number for a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Shelter 0344 515 1640. Ring this number if you are struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services.

Age UK 0161 480 1211. Ring this number for help to maintain independence and quality of life at home if you are and older person.

Wellspring 0161 477 6344. Ring this number for services to homeless and disadvantaged people 365 days a year.

Drinkline 0300 123 1110. Ring this number for confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s.

Signpost for Carers 0161 442 0442.  Ring this number for support to unpaid Carers in Stockport.

The Sanctuary 0300 003 7029. Ring this number for support to adults who are experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal thoughts or are in crisis.

The Prevention Alliance  0161 474 1042. Ring this number if you want to make changes but perhaps don’t know where to start, for example, improving independence, health and wellbeing.

Monday, 6 November 2017

What's on in November?

NOVEMBER: Cale Green Club Dates
11 Nov – Outings – Christmas Chester Trip
14 Nov - Mindfulness
16 Nov - Book Club – How to build a girl & Go set a watchman
17 Nov - Sewing  – flexible drop in session 10-2.30
28 Nov - Art and Craft – bath bombs

Finished till March - Gardening

Cale Green Party time
02 Dec - Christmas Party – members only

For more details of the clubs please Please click here
Other clubs - walking; allotment; pet sitting; skill swaps; sale and swap; Davenport runners; Blossoms knitty night.

From Jan 2018 – the following will be co-ordinated by Tracey Bennett, who will be available at our monthly meetings to give you more information & take bookings

North East Cheshire Group (See Newsletter for details):
23 November – Poynton WI film night
08 December – winter outing to Chester
12 December – carol service

Cheshire Federation [CFWI] (See Newsletter for details):
28 November – emergency services carol service, Chester
30 November – Christmas flower demo, lower Withington
06 December – Federation carol service, Chester cathedral
8/9 December – Christmas at Whitefriars
w/c 19 February 2018 – CFWI quiz preliminary rounds

Events at Denman28 November – Battlefields with Simon McGregor at Denman
30/12 – 2/1/18 – New Year House Party at Denman