100 days to go!
6th February 2018 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.
This tripled the electorate – from 7.7 million in 1912 to 21.4 million in 1918. Women now accounted for about 43% of the electorate. The implications of this new wave of voters were to change the face of British politics forever.
What’s vote 100?
Vote 100 is the national logo adopted to help coordinate and celebrate the event. There’ll be lots of activities throughout the county. See https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/vote-100/ for national events.
What can I do?
Nottingham Women’s History Group are coordinating events and activities locally. Sign up to our Facebook page to keep in touch https://www.facebook.com/Vote100Notts/.
There’s already some events planned by ourselves and the Nottingham Women’s Centre which you can join in with, but what about your group, school or community developing your own celebrations?
- Research local activists who helped gain the vote
- Put a display up at a local venue
- Make a video about people’s attitude to voting
- Use suffragette colours for yarn bombing
- Dress up and design placards
For more information
Contact Val Wood on email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tel 07500534563
Vote 100 Image designed by Eleonora Persio for NWHG www.eleonorapersio.com