ON 6th FEBRUARY, 1918 WOMEN GOT THE VOTE!
The Representation of People Act 1918 allowed women over the age of 30 who occupied a house (or were married to someone who did) to vote. 8.5 million women now had their say over who was in Parliament (about 2 in every 5 women in the UK).
It also said that all men over the age of 21 could now vote – regardless of whether or not they owned property – and men in the armed forces could vote from the age of 19, raising the number of men who could vote from 8 million to 21 million.
In December 1918, the first woman – Constance Markievicz – was elected to the House of Commons.
it wasn’t until the Equal Franchise Act in 1928 that suffrage was extended to all women over the age 21, meaning that women finally had the same voting rights as men.
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