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LSWS founded


Led by Millicent Fawcett

1867 2nd Reform Act


Gave the vote to 1/3rd men. -Artisan Working Class.

Education Act 1870


Expansion to this meant that girls were getting an education but there was also a need for more teachers. Middle-class girls could now get a more respectable job and support themselves.

Married Woman's Property Act 1882


The Act altered the common law doctrine of coverture to include the wife’s right to own, buy and sell her separate property. Wives' legal identities were also restored, as the courts were forced to recognize a husband and a wife as two separate legal entities

NUWSS developed 1897


LSWS led by Millicent Fawcett developed into the NUWSS which was a nationwide effort.

WSPU founded 1903


Emmeline Pankhurst.

1905 Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenny


They were charged with distruption and opted for prison. This gained publicity for the movement and they started a precedent for hunger strikes.

1906 Liberals Win


Lord Asquith in power.

1907 Universal Suffrage Bill blocked


Attempted to pass a bill which allowed Women to vote but Tories blocked this.

1909 Forcible Feeding


The Government started Forcible Feeding after renewed efforts of Suffragettes due to upcoming election.

1911 Lord Asquith promises a bill

1911 - 1913

This causes the suffragettes to stop their efforts but due to lack of action the Suffragettes restarted their campaigns in 1912. In 1913 the bill was dropped.

1913 Emily Davison


Emily Davison was a Sufragette who jumped infront of the King's horse and died a martyr.

1913 Cat and Mouse Act


Temporarily allowed hunger strikes out but then recaptured them when they were better. -didn't want them dying a 'martyr'

1914 WW1 Breaks out


The Suffragettes call a truce and Asquith drops the bill.

Asquith hints at passing a bill 1914


1916 Conference held to discuss Women's Rights.


1918 Representation of the People Act


This act was the first to include practically all men in the political system and began the inclusion of women. Allowed the suffrage of women over 30.

1928 Voting age reduced to 21


Originally 30.