A very short fact from the VSIs


On 6 February, the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed, giving British women over the age of 30 the right to vote.

“As early as 1918, MPs agreed that women could actually sit in parliament, though it was only slowly that women were actually elected. Christabel Pankhurst stood for Smethwick in 1918, but lost by 700 votes. In 1919 and 1920, two women – the Conservative Lady Astor and the Liberal Margaret Wintringham – succeeded to their husbands’ seats.”

From Feminism: A Very Short Introduction by Margaret Walters. If you’re into our Very Short Introduction series, you can like them on Facebook too.

Image credit: WSPU leaders Annie Kenney (left) and Christabel Pankhurst, via Wikimedia Commons