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news published date 19 February 2018
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Women in Banking and Finance featured in official history of Parliament commemorative album for vote100 celebrations

“Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) is proud to announce its inclusion in a major publication to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK.

This year marks 100 years since Parliament passed the Representation of the People Act 1918 which was a package of electoral reforms that extended the vote to women for the first time.

As part of these celebrations, publisher St James’s House has partnered with the History of Parliament Trust to produce their official commemorative album for the Vote100 anniversary.

Launching in June 2018, this book tells the story of the 84-year struggle for women to get the vote, how the vote was won and what that has meant for women since.

In addition to discussing key historical events, this fully illustrated coffee-table book will showcase a selection of organisations drawn from educational, cultural, social, technological and business spheres with relevant stories to tell.

As a representative of the banking and finance sector, Women in Banking and Finance has joined the celebrations as an editorial partner and sponsor for the official History of Parliament Trust Vote100 commemorative album.

Established in 1980, Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF), is a not-for-profit women’s network run by members, for members. It is dedicated to increasing opportunity for individual members to network, learn and advise each other at every stage of their career – from graduate to boardroom – through WIBF’s programme of workshops and events. WIBF aims to improve gender representation at all levels in the banking and finance sector by working closely with individual and corporate members. WIBF is a UK-wide network with branches in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Birmingham.

WIBF President, Vivienne Artz, said:

“We must celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first votes for women in the UK. We must remember the sacrifices made to achieve that goal, and recall that 100 years later, the position of women in society and in the workplace, has changed irrevocably, and celebrate that too.

“Women in Banking and Finance is delighted and honoured to be part of the Vote100 celebration; our contribution to the celebration is to keep working for equality of opportunity in the banking and finance sector. As we know, there is still much work to be done before there is true equality of gender representation at all levels in many industries.”

St James’s House Founder and CEO, Richard Freed, said:

“Equality is one of the most important values underpinning our society, and we are extremely excited to be producing this official commemorative album for the Trust. We are also very pleased to be working with Women in Banking and Finance as one of our profiled organisations.”

This publication will be distributed on a controlled-circulation basis to key figures and organisations around the world including Members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, and will be made available to the general public through leading book retailers including Amazon.

St James’s House has previously produced official commemorative publications for The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration at Windsor Castle, the 750thanniversary of Parliament in the UK and the 50th anniversary of the CBI. For 2018 it is also working with the RAF100 Appeal to produce a series of publications associated with the RAF’s centenary.

CONTACT: Women in Banking and Finance at [email protected]