Queen Anne’s celebrates 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Last week the United Kingdom celebrated 100 years of the Representation of the People Act, which passed on the 6th February 1918 and granted women over the age of 30 the right to vote and be elected as MPs. The female MP, Nancy Astor, was elected in 1919 to sit in the House of Commons. Today we have 208 MPs sitting in the House of Commons and the UK has had two female prime ministers.

As part of studies into 20th century history, the history department has been looking at the way in which things for women changed due to the impact of the First World War including the government granting some women the right to vote. Some of the U4 made Votes for Women sashes, rosettes, posters and flags as part of our lessons this week. These will form the centrepiece of a new display at Queen Anne’s as part of the year of the modern women, celebrating the achievements of women across many subjects and the way in which they have contributed to our understanding of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.