The Changing Position of Women and the Suffrage Question c.1860-1930

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Custody of Children Act

1839

Coventry Patmore writes 'The Angel in the House'

1854

Matrimonial Causes Act

1857

Workhouse Visiting Society founded

1859

1st Contagious Diseases Act

1864

2nd Contagious Diseases Act

1866

London Society for Women's Suffrage

1867

John Stuart Mill fails to enfranchise women in PRA

1867

Parliamentary Reform Act

1867

Ladies National Association formed

1869

3rd Contagious Diseases Act

1869

Municipal Franchise Act

1869

Education Act

1870

School Boards

1st Married Women's Property Act

1870

2nd Custody of Infants Act

1873

1st women on Poor Law Boards

1875

Women's Liberal Association

1881

2nd Married Women's Property Act

1882

Primrose League formed

1883

Contagious Diseases Act suspended

1883

Age of consent rises (13 to 16)

1885

Guardian of Infants Act

1886

Repeal of Contagious Diseases Act

1886

Josephine Butler

Married Women Act (Maintenance in Case of Desertion

1886

Women's Liberal Foundation formed

1887

Jackson Case

1891

Local Government Act

1894

Vote in local elections, stand as municipal councillors

WSPU created

1903

Representation of the People Act

1918

1st female MP

1919

Equal Franchise Act

1928

1st female Cabinet Minister

1929