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How times have changed for women

Coun. Mary Robinson.
Coun. Mary Robinson.
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The increasing number of women who are entering political life was demonstrated this week on the 100th anniversary of some women being given the right to vote.

On Wednesday, it was 100 years since The Representation of the People Act was passed on February 6th, 1918, giving women over the age of 30 and "of property" the vote.

Town Mayor Coun. Maureen Fenton.

Town Mayor Coun. Maureen Fenton.

Over a century later and from this week, all four principal officers of Clitheroe Town Council are women including the Town Mayor Coun. Maureen Fenton, the Deputy Town Mayor Coun. Pam Dowson, the Leader of the Town Council Coun. Mary Robinson and the Town Clerk Mrs Cathy Holmes.

In May 2001, when Coun. Mary Robinson became the first female Mayor of Clitheroe, it was a landmark event for the town.

Since then, the role that women play in civic life has developed to the point that having a Mayor, Deputy Town Mayor, Council Leader and Town Clerk, who are all female, is nothing out of the ordinary.

Coun. Robinson said: "In 2018 we now have directly elected Mayors of several cities in the UK and there is therefore potential for as many women as men to fill these posts in the not too distant future."

Coun. Pam Dowson.

Coun. Pam Dowson.