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Suffragettes100: Who do you know who embodies the Suffragette Spirit?

PUBLISHED: 11:36 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:10 08 February 2018

Library file photo dated 11/10/08 of former Suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst whose forgotten letter experts hope to reveal more about Friday April 12, 2002. The one-page missive was discovered in a bag during preparations for the opening of the De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth, south-west London. It is dated May 11, 1911, and written on paper headed Votes for Women from; the offices of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).  See PA 0430 story SOCIAL Letter. PA Photo

Library file photo dated 11/10/08 of former Suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst whose forgotten letter experts hope to reveal more about Friday April 12, 2002. The one-page missive was discovered in a bag during preparations for the opening of the De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth, south-west London. It is dated May 11, 1911, and written on paper headed Votes for Women from; the offices of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). See PA 0430 story SOCIAL Letter. PA Photo

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This year marks 100 years of women’s suffrage, a century ago Britain became a fairer, more democratic place to live.

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

Since 1918, women in the UK have channelled the Suffragette Spirit to campaign for progress in many fields. Every day, they harness their passionate voices to empower communities and create a fairer world.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in Britain, we, along with Amnesty, are calling upon our readers to nominate the incredible women who are working to make a real difference in their local communities today.

You will know who they are.

They might have stood up to bullies, helped the homeless, aided refugees, campaigned for better access to healthcare.

They could have challenged bad business practices, worked to protect the environment, prevented forced evictions, or stood by you and fought for you when no one else would.

Whatever was thrown back at them, they were not afraid.

Every time these women spoke up, set up a petition, sent a letter to their MP, set up a local campaigning group, or marched for our rights, they’ve taken steps towards making life better for others.

They won’t have done it for thanks or praise but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve it.

Now is your chance to honour them.

To nominate an amazing women in your local area, please visit www.amnesty.org.uk/suffragettespirit. All women must have carried out work to help others in their local area within the last ten years. All successful nominees will be contacted to give consent prior to being placed on the Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain, a vital part of Amnesty’s global BRAVE campaign to champion and protect human rights defenders around the world. This campaign has been funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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