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Flower power highlights 100 year turning point for women’s rights

Published Thursday, 26 July 2018

A new flowerbed has been unveiled on Greyfriars Green as a physical reminder of the women who fought for their rights, and the work that has continued since 2018.

Planting greyfriars green

To commemorate the centenary year since women in Britain were first able to exercise their democratic rights, a specially planted flower bed in the colours of suffrage – green, white and purple - has been laid out on the city centre Green.

The Vote 100 Centenary Flowerbed is set out to represent the suffrage emblem.

Cllr Jayne Innes, Cabinet Member for City Services, which includes grounds maintenance, said: “The introduction of the 1918 Representation of the People Act

was a turning point for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom, as it began a tidal wave of change that also included the ability for women to stand for election to Westminster, and paved the way for the opportunity for all.

“Although it still took another ten years for women to be able to vote on the same terms as men, we should always remember their efforts.

“We have come a long way since then. As elected councillors in Coventry we wanted to mark the centenary, and a flower bed in the Green is a perfect reminder.”

“Of course, there’s still work to do but we also want to celebrate how far we’ve come over the last century.

Local councillors and members of the local authorities elections team joined together to mark the planting.

The elections team are just starting their annual canvas in Coventry which means every household will receive a form checking who is registered.  Local people are encourage to respond to the form as soon as possible. For more information about local elections in Coventry visit

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