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This week’s Hackney Gazette is almost certainly the first official “women’s edition” in the paper’s 153-year history.

Hackney’s newly-appointed “young speaker” is determined to follow in the footsteps of the Suffragettes by championing the rights of women.

We’re proud to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage – and on February 6, 1918, Britain started the journey towards a fairer, more democratic place to live when the Representation of the People Act was passed.

Diane Abbott made history as the first black female MP to hold a seat in the House of Commons. As the Gazette marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington talks to the Gazette about her election in 1987 and the challenges women still face

Suffragettes across the nation fought for many years to win the vote - and the women who came after them haven’t stopped fighting for change ever since.

A hundred years after the first women were given the vote, Hackney’s cabinet contains more women than men. But the fight towards equality isn’t just about better representation at the top table – it’s also about issues like housing, transport and crime, top councillors tell the Gazette.

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