One hundred years ago this week, British women were given a voice. For the first time, many mothers, daughters and sisters could have a say in how their country was run.
To mark this important 100-year milestone and celebrate the continued efforts of women still campaigning for rights today, Amnesty International has launched a UK-wide search for the suffragette spirit.
Since 1918, women around the world have channelled this spirit to campaign for progress. They have stood up to racism, sexism, homophobia, corruption and much more. Every day they harness their passionate voices to empower communities and create a fairer world.
The campaign, thanks to funding by People's Postcode Lottery players, looks to celebrate how since 1918, women in the UK have channelled the suffragette spirit to campaign for progress.
These are ordinary women from all walks of life – from students to shopkeepers, office workers to OAPs – doing extraordinary things.
The amazing achievements of these often-unsung heroes deserve to be celebrated. Throughout February, Amnesty will be looking for nominations to put these women on its Suffragette Spirit Map of Britain.
The interactive map, which will launch on International Women's Day (8th March), will be a symbol of the suffragette legacy – proudly displaying how far we have come over the past century, but highlighting how much life-changing work is still being carried out today.
To date, players of People's Postcode Lottery have helped raise over £2.5 Million for Amnesty International, supporting their amazing work to defend our rights to freedom, truth and dignity.