Emancipation: women’s right to vote

Posted on: May 31st, 2017 by prg No Comments

2018 marks the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The National Union of Women’s Suffrage, was founded by Millicent Fawcett, she used peaceful means of protest and will now be honoured with her own statue in the Parliament Square, being the very first female statue there, she continues to inspire the battle against the injustices of today.

So in 1918, the Parliament passed an Act granting women over the age of 30, who were house holders, the wife of householders, occupiers of property with an annual rent of £5.00 and graduates of British Universities the right to vote. That meant that still only about 40% of women in the UK could vote. By 1928 the consensus was that votes for women had been successful and passed the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act that extended the voting to all women over the age of 21, finally granting women the vote on same terms as men.

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