Married women got the right to vote at local elections in the capital, Reykjavik, on January 1st 1908 . The women's alliances came up with an idea of entering a separate women’s list of candidates at the town council election that same month. The women were exceptionally organised and they put much effort in enlightening women about their rights . The women’s list received 22 percent of the votes and 4 of the 15 councillors were women. The women's list existed until 1918.
Women in Iceland gained the right to vote in national elections in time for the election of August 1916. The first woman to be elected to the Althingi (parliament) was Briet Bjarnhedinsdottir but she did not actually take up her seat. From that time, women found that safe winnable seats were reserved for male candidates, so the idea of an all-women's-list was revived in 1922.
Ingibjorg Bjarnason was at the top of the women's list in the elections of July 1922. and became Iceland's first female MP.