Warrington is this week celebrating women who have helped shape the democracy we know and value today.
In the historic centenary year of women’s suffrage, and as part of Local Democracy Week, Warrington Borough Council is reflecting on the past successes and achievements of defining local and national women.
It is giving Warrington the opportunity to explore the stories of women in politics as well as the progress made to support women in democracy.
The week will also see Warrington considering ways in which we can continue to ensure women are encouraged and supported to champion future democratic participation.
This year, for the first time, Warrington Borough Council’s Mayor and Deputy Mayor are both women. In May 2018, a committee room in the Town Hall was named in honour of Mabel Capper, Warrington’s first female journalist and activist who fought for women’s rights in the early 1900s.
Mayor of Warrington Cllr Karen Mundry said: “Democracy is a right that we must all cherish and value in our society, and Local Democracy Week gives us a chance to reflect on the strong women who fought for it.
“This year, we have a female Mayor and Deputy Mayor and 24 elected women councillors. We have come a long way since the first Warrington woman, Cllr Constance Broadbent, was elected in 1925, but we still have some way to go.
“Regardless of who we are, or where we’re from, we must work together to make sure that everyone in our society has a fair chance to participate in democracy.”
For more information about Local Democracy Week in Warrington, visit warrington.gov.uk/democracyweek