Gill Furniss, Labour’s candidate in the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough by-election, has urged women across the constituency not currently on the electoral roll to mark International Women’s Day by registering to vote.
Women make up over half the population but at the General Election last year over a third of eligible women didn’t vote.
Women are more likely to work for less pay than men. More women work part-time and in low paid sectors, and are disproportionately affected by cuts to public services. The gender pay gap means that women in the UK take home just 81p for every £1 a man earns. This is well below the EU average - and at the current rate it will be another 47 years until the gap is closed!
Gill Furniss said:
“We owe a huge amount to the suffragettes a century ago who campaigned so hard for women to have the right to vote, but today too many of us don’t see the point in voting and are disengaged with our democratic process.
“Us women make up over half the population – if we all voted we could decide the outcome of an election by ourselves!
“Women across Brightside and Hillsborough are struggling to make ends meet as Tory cuts hit us even harder than men. Between 2010 and 2020, 81% of the savings made to the Treasury through tax and benefit changes will have come from the pockets of women.
“The Tories are content to ignore the effect their policies have had on women. In order to make them sit up and take notice, it is vital that women register to vote and make sure their voices are heard in this by-election, to send a strong woman Labour MP to parliament.”