What were the consequences?

Extending the franchise 1928

The great victory for women's suffrage in Britain in 1918 was not complete. Women had to be 30 years of age or more and they had to have a certain level of education and income. Women finally gained equal rights with men in the 1928 Representation of the People Act. One of those present in Parliament to see the historic vote take place was Millicent Fawcett. She described her feelings in her diary:

It is almost exactly 61 years ago that I heard John Stuart Mill introduce his suffrage amendment to the 1867 Reform Bill. So I have had the extraordinary good luck of having seen the whole struggle from the beginning.


Dorothy Jewson Susan Lawrence,
Nancy Astor Margaret Winteringham,
Katherine Stewart-Murray,
Mabel Philipson Vera Terrington,
Margaret Bondfield.