‘In our Honour’

1897 Foundation of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies Banner

The NFWI has been jointly awarded a piece of historic artwork honouring women’s roles in democracy and struggle for rights.

In celebration of 800 years of Magna Carta, Parliament commissioned artists to produce banners to hang in Westminster Hall during the course of 2015 to commemorate pivotal moments in the history of British democracy. Artist Alinah Azadeh was tasked with creating a banner representing the 1897 Foundation of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, the umbrella group of women fighting peacefully for the vote.

The NFWI was awarded the 3m x 5m banner in honour of our historic links to the suffrage movement, our past and current campaigns for gender equality, and our continued commitment to encourage women to engage in all areas of public life. Sporting the WI and suffrage colours of green, violet and white, the banner features a typewriter to symbolise the role of the women’s press in the suffrage campaign, alongside a chain representing the militant suffragettes, and a poem about the equality of men and women. We will be displaying the banner at some of our national events in the future for members to see.