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Celebrate International Women’s Day in the Egyptian Hall at the Mansion House ...!

The Mistress invites both women and men who are members of WCoMC to join the Livery as their Consorts celebrate International Women’s Day at the Mansion House...

I originally wanted to do some event in the Livery to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2018 – particularly as this year is the centenary of the first national women’s suffrage in Britain.

Having just joined the Livery Consorts’ group – a new group of past, present and future Masters’ Consorts –it seemed appropriate to suggest it to them. They jumped at it – probably because I am doing most of the organisation -including spreadsheets, menus and speaker!  When the Lady Mayoress found out she wanted to support us….. But couldn’t do the day in our original venue because of commitments -hosting lunch- in the Mansion House.

Then the Lady Mayoress had a great idea – bring the event to Mansion House!

How could I not accept? (Despite all the security and protocol requirements.). So we have the Egyptian Hall at our disposal….. And the size of the event has grown.

I’d love it if WCoMC were well represented – so please, if you can accept the invite:

By kind invitation of the Lady Mayoress, Samantha Bowman, City Consorts and their guests are invited to

The Egyptian Hall, Mansion House

to join together in celebration of women in the City on International Women’s Day

Thursday March 8th 2018

11.00 a.m. - 2.30 pm

This inspiring educational event will begin with coffee and a chance to exchange knowledge and experience with fellow Livery consorts and guests, followed by a lively lecture by renowned social historian and author Carol Harris entitled “Two forward, one back - how women won the vote and changed the City”. The event will conclude with a seated light luncheon.

2018 marks the centenary of partial suffrage (the right to vote) for women in the UK, and we are delighted to offer this opportunity to gather in celebration of the role women have played in the City of London before and since receiving the vote.

The British government first granted women limited voting rights (if they met a property requirement and were 30 years of age) with the Representation of the People Act, 1918. Although 8.5 million women met these criteria, they still only represented 40% of the total adult female population at that time.  Later that year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act was also passed, allowing women to be elected into Parliament. Full suffrage was granted ten years later in 1928, just a few months after the death of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, who enjoyed a less pleasant time in Mansion House than we plan to have!

If you’d like a ticket please contact

Money will be returned if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a place.

All other enquiries to Mary Linington or ring 07940 491190







Mary Johnson,  Mistress