What is one word to describe why Women got the right to vote in 1918 UK?
In 1918, women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote in the UK. The Representation of the People Act of 1918 was passed. Women had to meet certain conditions, such as owning property, to be eligible to vote.
Women Gaining the Right to Vote in 1918 UK
Suffragettes: a group of women who campaigned for voting rights in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Representation of the People Act 1918: a law passed by the British Parliament which allowed women over the age of 30 to vote in the UK. Equal Franchise Act 1928: an act passed by the British Parliament which granted voting rights to all women over the age of 21 in the UK.
The first woman to vote in the UK was Margaret Nevinson in a local election in Hornsey, London in November 1918. The Representation of the People Act was passed by the UK Parliament in February 1918 granting the right to vote to women over 30 who owned property. The first woman to stand for election in the UK was Constance Markievicz in Dublin in 1918; she was elected as a Sinn Féin representative but refused to take her seat in Parliament.
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Work together in pairs: What were the three main reasons why women in the UK got the right to vote in 1918?
What were some of the key factors that led to the passing of the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which granted some women in the UK the right to vote?