Sunday, 14 January 2018

Vote100, Commemorating the People Act of 1918

Get Involved with Nottingham Women’s History Group (NWHG) and their Vote 100 events.

On the 6th of February 2018 it is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 when all men over 21 and women over 30 years of age received the vote. Women over the age of 21 were also given the right to stand for election as an MP in the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act of 1918.

Vote 100 has been set up to mark this event and NWHG are coordinating events and activities locally. 

NWHG are commemorating and celebrating Vote 100 in Nottingham because it is about women and the ongoing debate about their rights and status in society. Whilst it is recognised that the Representation of the People Act in 1918 was only a partial victory, as the vote was only granted to women over the age of 30, it was an important watershed, and led eventually to all women gaining the same rights as men to vote in 1928. The vote was only won after a long and determined campaign for suffrage and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire women were key to this. New campaigns and feminist demands emerged after the end of WW1. These included the right for equal pay, the improvement of working conditions, decent housing and childcare, a list which continues to resonate with women today.

There will be a range of events and activities for you to participate in so keep track of their website and facebook page, and tweet with #Vote100Notts
The Nottslit Literary Trail Women of Words benefitted from the good work done by the NWHG whose research and celebration of women’s contribution to Nottingham is considerable.

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