Political rights of women in the UK

Before 1918, women could not vote at all in parliamentary elections. In the 2015 election, 66% of women who were entitled to vote exercised their right to do so. The Mori Poll breakdown

This website is part of a package of resources which aims to shine a spotlight on the history of women’s political rights in the UK, spanning the last hundred years or so. It will take as a starting point the Victorian Feminist Movement, progress to the Suffragette Movement and then subsequent developments through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

The material will be compiled and posted by a team of researchers and journalists, led by Dr Maureen Wright, lecturer on gender and women’s issues and author of a biography of the radical activist Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy. The website will be added to on an ongoing basis through the latter part of 2015 and into 2016.

It will be featuring guest blogs and highlighting accessible multi-media contributions to the area of research as well as collating reflections and commentaries to share the issues with an audience including fellow academics, national women’s groups and those with a general interest in and around this subject.

You can find us on Twitter @womenspolitics

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