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Celebrating 100 years of Women's Suffrage

2nd July 2018 is the 90th anniversary of the 1928 Equal Franchise Act

Image courtesy of the Women's Library Collection, LSE Library

Beyond the Ballot

To mark the centenary of votes for women, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the UK Parliament have developed a free online course exploring the history of women's rights and suffrage.

Events Listing

A wide range of events are being planned to commemorate the centenary of women's suffrage, ranging from festivals and plays to academic conferences and exhibitions. 

Emmeline Pankhurst's Hartford Speech

Delivered 13 November 1913

Mary Richardson on Forcible Feeding

A statement given on 6 February 1914

What was the 1918 Representation of the People Act?

The Representation of the People Act 1918, which came into effect on 6th February that year, was a package of electoral reforms that extended the vote to 12.9 million men and, for the first time, 8.4 million women over the age of 30. 

In addition to being over the age of 30, women also had to meet a property qualification. They had to be the head women of a household and occupy property to the value of £5 or more. This meant 22% of women over 30 could still not vote.

The bill for the Representation of the People Act was passed by a majority of 385 to 55 in the House of Commons on 19 June 1917, followed by a vote of 131 to 71 in the House of Lords.

Women were first able to exercise their vote, and after a swift change in the law also stand for election to Westminster, in the December 1918 general election.

Milicent Fawcett


Emmeline Pankhurst


Charlotte Despard


Sylvia Pankhurst


Useful Resources

Was your (great) grandmother a suffragette?

The LSE Library

The Women's Suffrage Research Guide

The National Archives

Living Heritage Women and Vote

UK Parliament

The Women's Library Flickr Album

LSE Library

The Women's Library Catalogue

LSE Library

Women and Her Sphere / Suffrage Stories

Elizabeth Crawford

Resources for Schools

From the origins of the campaign for the vote in the 1860s through to the impact of votes for women on politics between the wars, watch Royal Holloway staff and students explore the campaign in a series of short videos.