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About EqualiTeas

What is EqualiTeas?

To mark 90 years since the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act became law, we are inviting you to celebrate this historic moment by throwing a tea party!

The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 granted equal voting rights to men and women over the age of 21. This was the result of many people campaigning for voting equality over many years. The first petition to Parliament asking for votes for women was presented to the House of Commons on 3 August 1832.

Hold an event or activity

Anyone can hold an EqualiTeas tea party! Your EqualiTea event or activity can take any form you would like. It can be big or small, private or public, inside or out! As long as it brings your community together to explore what equality means to people.

Pop on the kettle, make a cup of your favourite brew, and have a chat about why you value equality and what it means to you.

Sign up today and claim one of our 4000 packs before they all go. Packs will be sent out in May!

Why tea?

Your event doesn’t have to be a tea party, just an event or activity that brings people together to discuss equality. Tea parties do though have a long tradition as part of the campaign for equal votes.

Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning. They were excellent spaces to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.

Need help running your event?

Keen to get involved but not sure what you can do for EqualiTeas? Give us your contact details below and we’ll send you our toolkit, which include debate cards, to get you started.

Visit our resource page for help with ideas, planning and publicising your event.

Who we are

EqualiTeas has been developed by the Houses of Parliament as part of its Education and Engagement Service.

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