On this day in 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted some women over the age of 30 the right to vote.  It was not until 1928 that women and men were granted the same rights to vote in elections.

Democracy is still denied from many across the globe.  Britain is considered to have a ‘mature democracy’, however it is important to reflect that full voting rights to men and women in Britain were only achieved within the last four generations.  In 1918 8.5 million women were added to the electoral register – but only those over 30 who owned property or were graduates and voting in a university constituency were granted the right.

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