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This week’s Islington Gazette is almost certainly the first official “women’s edition” in the paper’s 161-year history.

As we mark the 100th anniversary of the first women winning the right to vote, specialist Islington tour guide Jen Pedler tells the Gazette the stories of four key figures from the borough’s history.

It was a case of like mother, like daughter at a university graduation that proved to be a family affair.

A century ago, the first women were finally given the right to vote. Now Emily Thornberry has declared “the time has come” for another group of people whose voices are silenced during elections.

A trio of Islington teenagers are drawing inspiration from the plight of the Suffragettes as they take their first steps into politics.

We’re proud to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage – and on February 6, 1918, Britain started the journey towards a fairer, more democratic place to live when the Representation of the People Act was passed.

If the Gazette’s pages 100 years ago are anything to go by, Islington’s first women voters were treated as something of a spectacle at the 1918 General Election.

Suffragettes across the nation fought for many years to win the vote - and the women who came after them haven’t stopped fighting for change ever since.

Housing, hate crime and public health. Just some of the issues that disproportionately affect women.

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