On Sunday 10 June, thousands of women from around the UK took part in a series of PROCESSIONS marking the centenary of women over the age of 30 getting the vote.
Mass processions took place in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Among those marching in London were a contingent of 9 women representing the Army. Led by Major Lucinda Lyne, of 3 Military Intelligence Battalion, the group stood out in their combat uniforms – the green of the Intelligence Corps beret perfectly matching the green of the suffragette colours.
Women from all walks of life were given scarves to wear in one of the three suffragette colours – green, white and violet – and were choreographed to walk together through the streets of the city, creating a piece of moving artwork.
The Army females represented just how far women have come in the last 100 years. In 2016, the Prime Minister, David Cameron, lifted the ban on females serving in front line close combat units. Women, who had previously only served on the front line in support roles, may now serve in the cavalry, infantry and armoured corps.
Speaking after the procession, Major Lyne said, “It was an honour and a privilege to march alongside my serving sisters at such a momentous event. The prospects for females serving in the military are ever increasing and I am proud to be part of such a transparent and fair organisation as the Army, for promotion and opportunity. The Suffrage Procession gave us time to really engage with the community and talk to females of various ages and from a multitude of organisations to inform them of the jobs we do and dispel the long standing myths of the gender barriers. Encouraging the younger generations to consider a military career is paramount to the diversity of the future Army.”