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Timeline :: Women over 30 get right to vote

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In 1918, women over 30 years of age who held property were granted the right to vote for the first time. The Representation of the People Act was therefore the start of female suffrage in Great Britain, but there was still some way to go. Although 8.5 million women met this criteria, this is, about 40 per cent of the total population of women in the UK.

The same act abolished property and other restrictions for men, and extended the vote to all men over the age of 21. Additionally, men in the armed forces could vote from the age of 19. The electorate increased from eight to 21 million, but there was still huge inequality between women and men. (Find out more here.) It was to be another 10 years before all women gained equal voting rights to men.