100 years ago, certain women gained the right to vote and to stand for Parliament as part of the ‘Representation of the People Act’.
“Deeds, not word” the motto of Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes had prevailed.
New Dawn Sculpture
Mary Branson, designed the massive six metre high light sculpture ‘New Dawn’ to mark the size of the suffragette movement, and the unique hand-blown glass scrolls that make up its dawning sun reflect the many individuals who were involved in the movement and the special contribution they made to modern democracy.
The sculpture stands above the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall in the Houses of Parliament where thousands of women came to lobby for the vote.