What were the experiences and perceptions?

'War has brought us nearer together'

On February 6th 1918, women in Britain were granted the right to vote by a new Representation of the People Act. Suffrage was limited to: women over the age of 30 who were householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property with an annual rent of 5 graduates or graduates of British universities. This is almost unprecedented. At the same time, British men got universal suffrage. It was not until 1928 that woman in Britain got equal voting rights to men.




By February 1918, almost all political parties agreed about votes for women. When Lord Justice Cave introduced the Act he said:

War by all classes of our countrymen has brought us nearer together, has opened men's eyes and removed misunderstandings on all sides. It has made it, I think, possible that ever again, at all events in the lifetime of the present generation, there should be a revival of the old class feeling which was responsible for so much, and, among other things, for the exclusion for a period, of so many of our population from the class of electors. I think I need say no more to justify this extension of the franchise.