10 girls from years 10 & 11 celebrated 100 years of women having the vote this week by going to the Houses of Parliament to meet Baroness Hayman, an inspirational feminist, who talked to the girls about her political career and how she challenged the status quo by standing up for what she believed in.
This followed a tour of the Houses of Parliament by Lord Jim Knight who showed us where the Suffragettes chained themselves in the Commons and explained how our democracy works, the role of MPs and the importance of young people voting and taking an interest in politics.
As Lord Knight put it we “chose the most exciting day in politics for 15 years” to go as there were BREXIT protesters from all sides of the argument with placards outside Parliament who were keen to share their opinions and stickers with us.
We would like to thank Baroness Hayman and Lord Knight for generously giving us their time on such a busy day, in between dashing off to vote, and for their inspirational words.
Miss Forrester and Miss Milward were very proud of our young women who asked some challenging questions of both Baroness Hayman and Lord Knight. We hope they take up Lord Knight’s challenge to get involved with something they believe in. We look forward to seeing the positive changes they are going to bring to our society in the future.