Flying the flags

Trinity is flying flags to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage and LGBT History Month.

Tuesday 6 February 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. (The same Act gave the vote to and enfranchised all men over the age of 21 for the first time.)

Twenty-one University of Oxford colleges, along with the Humanities Division (the Radcliffe Humanities building, originally the Radcliffe Infirmary), the Music Faculty and the Rothermere American Institute are each flying a flag which reads ‘Votes for Women’ printed on a backdrop of purple, white and green – the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union, which was led by Emmeline Pankhurst.

The President, Domestic Bursar, Chaplain, and a number of students and staff were present on the top of the chapel tower as the flag was raised.

For the rest of February, Trinity is joining other colleges in flying the rainbow flag to celebrate LGBT History Month, a month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

Posted: 6 February 2018

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