This year is an opportunity to celebrate the steps taken towards equality between men and women since it's a century since legislation was enacted to give women the right to vote. It's somehow bizarre in this day and age to even contemplate the fact that there were arguments against such a change presented by many as the suffragist movement grew from strength to strength, not least as a result of the key role played by women during the war effort between 1914 and 1918.
We should, however, give due consideration to the incredible role of a Llandudno born woman in the efforts to secure voting rights for women in the United States. Dr Martha Hughes Cannon was born in Llandudno but emigrated with her family to the US as part of a significant exodus of Mormons from Wales to the US in the 1860's.
Mae eleni’n gyfle i ddathlu’r camau sydd wedi cael eu cymryd tuag at gydraddoldeb rhwng dynion a menywod gan ei bod hi’n ganrif ers i ddeddfwriaeth ddod i rym a roddodd yr hawl i ferched bleidleisio. Y dyddiau yma mae hi’n anodd credu bod dadleuon yn erbyn newid o’r fath wrth i fudiad y swffragetiaid fynd o nerth i nerth, a hynny o ganlyniad mawr i’r rhan allweddol a chwaraewyd gan ferched yn ystod y rhyfel rhwng 1914 a 1918.
Serch hynny, fe ddylem roi sylw haeddiannol i rôl anhygoel un ferch a anwyd yn Llandudno yn yr ymdrechion i sicrhau hawliau pleidleisio i ferched yn yr Unol Daleithiau. Cafodd Dr Martha Hughes Cannon ei geni yn Llandudno ond symudodd gyda’i theulu i UDA fel rhan o’r ymadawiad mawr o Formoniaid o Gymru i UDA yn ystod y 1860au.