In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which gave women the right to vote for the first time.

This makes International Women’s Day 2018 an extra special occasion this year as it marks the 100th anniversary since women have had the ability to vote and 90th-anniversary people have had the right to vote on an equal basis.

Women have played a fundamental part in the growth and development of Rowland Brothers. Our eldest employee, 100-year-old Muriel Rowland has worked at the firm for over 8 decades and played a key role in running the company through times of hardship during the second World War while the men were sent away to be part of the armed forces.

Through her lifetime Muriel has seen the roles of women and expectations towards what they can achieve completely transformed. Something which started with the one act of Parliament in 1918, the year before she was born.

It’s now 100 years since women were allowed to vote for the first time and every day we’re moving a step closer to gender parity and equality.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressforProgress with the founders of the campaign arguing,

“We can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.”

“A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

On behalf of Rowland Brothers, Happy International Women’s Day!