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Walking in her shoes, her dress, her hat...

I will be Walking in Her Shoes this March to celebrate the suffrage centenary of 1918, to find out more about the history of the Suffragettes and the centenary activities taking place around the UK and to raise funds for CARE International, who work to empower women worldwide.



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