#BehindEveryGreatCity project on City Hall

Get involved with #BehindEveryGreatCity

2018 marks the centenary of the first women winning the right to vote in the UK.

Throughout 2018, #BehindEveryGreatCity will celebrate London's role in the women’s suffrage movement, mark the progress that’s been made on women’s equality over the past 100 years and take real action to tackle gender inequality in London.

14 May, Our Time: Supporting Future Leaders

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a bold new plan to tackle the lack of women leaders. 

The initiative is the first and largest-scale programme of its kind to be adopted in the public sector. The new scheme will take crucial action to address the gender imbalance in leadership roles, and bridge the gender pay gap.

Find out more about the initiative.

24 April, unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue

Millicent Fawcett statue
On 24 April the special statue was unveiled of suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett. Hers is the first monument to a woman ever to stand in the iconic Parliament Square, and the first there to be created by a woman, Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing OBE. 

The Mayor attended with other guests including Caroline Criado Perez, whose petition to get the first statue of a woman in Parliament Square was signed by almost 85,000 people along with journalist Mishal Husain, Helen McCrory and poet Theresa Lola.

To mark the day of the statue unveiling, Google Arts & Culture is collaborating with its creator, the artist Gillian Wearing and the Mayor of London to show the spirit and stories of the suffrage campaigners on a new online platform

Watch our video On the Road to Equality

6 February, 1918 Representation of the People Act

Make a Stand exhibition
A one-day exhibition entitled Make A Stand featuring life-sized images of the 59 campaigners is running on 6 February in Trafalgar Square.

Find out more about the exhibition


Women are behind some of the greatest achievements and discoveries in London, in the past and the present. We want to shine a spotlight on these women and their achievements.

Each week in 2018 the Mayor will be telling the story of one woman from his Instagram account.

You can help too.

100 years on, it's time to commit - watch and share

We're committing - are you?

Step 1.

Get inspired. Watch the video and share it with your friends.

Step 2.

Get involved. Share your commitment on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #BehindEveryGreatCity.

The Mayor's commitment

The Mayor launches the #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign with students from Platanos College in south London

If we’re going to make gender equality a reality in our city, that means making some big commitments to ourselves and to each other.

Here is the Mayor of London’s:

Over the next year, and beyond, I commit to redoubling my efforts to fight for gender equality. And I will be encouraging Londoners to celebrate the women of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds that make London the greatest city in the world. 

Sadiq Khan

Read more about the campaign.

#BEGC events

The campaign will include a year-long programme of events from public art displays and exhibitions to the unveiling of the first statue of a women - suffragist leader Millicent Fawcett - in Parliament Square. 

See the full programme of events.