On the 6th February 1918 the UK Parliament passed the ‘Representation of the People Act’, which granted voting rights to (some) British women for the first time. This was advertised to women over the age of 30 who either owned land themselves or were married to men with property were given the right to vote.
In 1928, under the Equal Franchise Act, women in the UK were granted equal voting rights, increasing the number of eligible female voters from 8 million to 15 million. After 100 years of female suffrage in the UK, women are still under-represented in Parliament. Although some women in the UK have been casting their ballots for 100 years, female politicians remain a minority in elected positions of power.
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