1918 – For the first time in Britain women (over 30) voted in a General Election.


Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the general election, December 1918.

Women queuing up to cast their votes for the first time in the general election, December 1918. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

On 14 December 1918, women, providing they were over 30 and they or their husbands were an occupier of property, were able to vote in a general election for the first time. This had been called by prime minister David Lloyd George immediately after the armistice which ended the first world war. Eight and a half million women were eligible to vote following the extension of the franchise in the Representation of the People Act 1918.

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