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Timeline :: Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act

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This UK Act was hugely important for women, because it was after this that they were able to become MPs, magistrates, lawyers, police officers etc. for the first time. Women effectively became citizens through this, and women's organisations used this as a tool to fight for women's rights, although the marriage bar remained in place preventing married women from working in specific occupations. The Act stated:

"A person shall not be disqualified by sex or marriage from the exercise of any public function, or from being appointed to or holding any civil or judicial office or post, or from entering or assuming or carrying on any civil profession or vocation, or for admission to any incorporated society (whether incorporated by Royal Charter or otherwise), [and a person shall not be exempted by sex or marriage from the liability to serve as a juror]."

This legislation and its aftermath remind us that women entered the public world via the social.

Source: Professor Louise Jackson, The University of Edinburgh, 27/09/17.