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Thousands of women turned British cities into rivers of green, white and violet Sunday to mark 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Part artwork, part parade, "Processions" saw women march through London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast wearing scarves in the colors of the suffragette movement that fought for the female franchise.In 1918, Parliament enacted the Representation of the People Act, which granted property-owning British women over 30 the right to vote.It asked 100 artists to work with women's groups around the country on banners inspired by the bold designs of the suffragettes, who led a decadeslong campaign of protest and civil disobedience to get votes for women.A statue of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett was recently erected in Parliament Square, the first on the site to commemorate a woman.The suffragettes and their legacy remain more controversial.
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