WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 43 – Votes for Women!

Kizzia Mildmay

On 6 February 1918 the Representation of the People Act received Royal Assent and women aged 30 or over who resided in a constituency or occupied land or premises with a rateable value above £5, or whose husbands did, were given the right to vote in parliamentary elections in Great Britain and Ireland. Any women aged 21 or over was allowed to vote in Local Government elections. The Act also enfranchised all men aged 21 or over in all forms of election. 

The fight for Women’s Suffrage had been going on for decades (pretty much since the Reform Act of 1832 explicitly banned them from voting) and had reached boiling point just before the outbreak of WWI.

Although the militant acts of women’s suffrage ceased at this point, as did the majority of party politics but lobbying continued quietly, resulting in this act. Although many of the women involved in the fight…

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