The Big #Freeto Conversation

In 1918, women won the right to vote and stand for election in the UK. To mark the occasion, Bishop Libby Lane, the first woman to be made a bishop in the Church of England, has kick-started a season of conversation on women’s rights called The Big #Freeto Conversation. 

The Diocese of Chester's #Freeto campaign is inviting you to consider two questions:

1. What is it that we are free to do today, thanks to the women that have gone before us?
2. What do you hope women may be free to do in the future, so we all may live life to the full?

Please share your views, comments, thoughts and observations on social media using the hashtag #Freeto or share your views via this online survey, which, if you choose, can be completed anonymously. 

On Saturday 17 November, nearly a hundred women gathered to give thanks for the steps women took in the past for the freedoms we all enjoy today, and it may come as a surprise to read that some of those freedoms have only become a reality in recent years.

View photographs from the launch event on Facebook. 
 
Bishop Libby reflects, “Jesus said the good news he offers brings freedom, but we have a part to play in ensuring freedoms are available to all. I have been free to vote, attend the university I wanted, be a parent when I chose, as well as become a bishop. Not all of these have been a reality for women in my lifetime.”

Some of the freedoms that have been fought for and won down the decades include: 

1918 Free to... Vote in the UK
In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed women over the age of 30 to vote and stand for election in the UK. 

1967 Free to... Choose to be a parent
In 1967 the Family Planning Act made contraception readily available to all through the NHS.   

1970 Free to... Earn equal pay
In 1970 the Equal Pay Act prohibited any less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of employment. 

1982 Free to... Buy a drink in a pub
Before 1982 women trying to spend their money in English pubs could legally be refused service.

1991 Free to... Say no to marital sex
Before 1991 it was legal to have sex with one's spouse without consent.

1999 Free to... Share parental leave
In 1999 the Employment Relations Act granted all employees parental leave for the first time. 

2015 Free to... Lead the Church
In 2015 Bishop Libby Lane became the first woman to be made a bishop in the Church of England. 

2019 Free to...???
What do you hope women may be free to do in the future, so we all may live life to the full?

Taking part in The Big #Freeto Conversation is easy. Simply consider the following two questions and share your views, thoughts, comments and observations on social media using the hashtag #Freeto, or alternatively, you are free to fill out our online form

1. What is it that we are free to do today, thanks to the women that have gone before us?
2. What do you hope women may be free to do in the future, so we all may live life to the full?

View the Diocese of Chester's Facebook page and share your comments there using the hashtag #Freeto. 


Page last updated: 23rd Nov 2018 8:44 AM