Suffrage Movement Timeline

Events

The Beginning of the Women's Suffrage Movement

Approx. 1867

Jon Stuart Mill went to parliament advocating for women's rights.
The London Society started the first campaign for a suffrage movement.

Property Rights Gained

1870

Women were now able to own property by themselves without having a husband.

Local Government Act

1888

Gave women the right to vote in certain town elections, however they were not able to vote in the primary election.

Formation of the NUWSS

1897

National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies was created by Millicent Fawcett in a way to use non-militant actions to convince parliament to give women suffrage-this was the main suffragist movement.

Formation of the WSPU

1903

The Women's Social and Political Union was created by Emmeline Pankhurst in order to quickly force parliament to recognize women. The WSPU (suffragettes) used militant actions and were very influential in the women's suffrage movement.

Representation of the People Act

1918

This act gave suffrage to women under certain conditions, such as being older than 30, householders or attended a university. This was the first step made by parliament to make women completely and utterly equal to men.