Celebrating 100 years since women got the vote in the UK
February 6 marks the 100-year anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK. We're celebrating by taking inspiration from the bravery and determination that led to this milestone in the fight for equality.
After years of meetings, petitions, marches, and arrests, the suffragettes' campaign had forced political change.
The legislation that gave women the vote – the Representation of the People Act 1918 – was not perfect. It had some extra criteria for women that meant around 60% were still unable to cast a vote. It would stay that way until another reform 10 years later.
Still, the Act passed and two female MPs were elected almost immediately – Constance Markievicz and Lady Astor. It was also inclusive of all British subjects living in Britain if they met the other criteria, no matter their race or nationality.
So, do you know the history of how women got the vote in the UK? Try our quiz below to find out.
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