WINNING VOTES In 1918, after decades of fighting for su rage, some women were finally given the vote, but not all...
THE ENFRANCHISED PIONEERS AT THE POLLS The 1918 law gave the vote to over eight million women, as long as they were over 30 and satisfied certain property qualifications. These women cast their first ballots at the election later that year.
NOT YET EQUAL THE FIGHT GOES ON Demonstrations continued throughout the 1920s, demanding the voting age be lowered to 21 – the same age that men are entitled to vote. Electoral equality was eventually achieved in 1928.
RAISE YOUR CUP TOASTING A SUFFRAGETTE Equal su rage had been achieved only after hundreds of women had sacrificed their freedom and safety. Sylvia Pankhurst (centre) had recently been released from prison when this photo was taken.
GRADUATES ONE DEGREE AT A TIME Women had attended universities for years before the war, but they weren’t entitled to graduate. In the postwar years, however, university laws changed. In 1920, Ivy Williams became one of the first women to receive a degree from Oxford, nearly 20 years after taking her exams.
IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE
WAR, THE PROGRESS OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS SPED UP
ON HER HEAD! QUEENS OF FOOTBALL Formed at a munitions factory during the war, Dick, Kerr’s Ladies Football Club paved the way for the women’s game. For the 1920/21 season, they were undefeated.
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