Posted: 29 November, 2018

A Woman Shall NOT be Disqualified!

General, Guests, News, Performance, Senior School, Sixth Form, Suzie Longstaff

In celebration of the centenary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, on Wednesday 28 November, Putney High School re-enacted well-known speeches by some of politics’ most prominent female MPs of the last 100 years,

With the help of Putney’s Orator in Residence, Miranda Kiek, last night the Performing Arts Centre was the stage for a fascinating re-enactment of important speeches by some of politics’ most prominent female MPs of the last 100 years. These were interspersed with passionate speeches written by the students themselves.

Jill Lorimer, Chair of the Richmond branch of the Women’s Equality Party, attended to hear the speeches commenting, “I hope there are some future politicians in this room because they are all very impassioned and all very, very good.”

“I think it is fantastic that Putney is teaching Oracy. …it gives young people huge amounts of confidence to be able to speak to an audience and put across their message. It’s a life skill that I wish I had acquired much earlier in life.”

We were enthralled by famous speeches by some pioneering women including Nancy Astor, the first female MP to take up her seat in Parliament, Barbara Castle (re-enacted by our own Mrs Longstaff) Betty Boothroyd and Putney alumna, Dame Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone.

In between these speeches, there were passionate performances by a number of students speaking eloquently on the theme of female equality – topics included the #MeToo movement, Gender Stereotyping, Dyslexia and even shaving.

Many thanks to Miss Kiek for organising such an inspiring event.


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