The Representation of the People Act 1918 saw British women over 30 gain the vote. Dutch women won the vote in 1919, and American women on August 26, 1920, with the passage of the 19th Amendment (the Voting Rights Act of 1965 secured voting rights for racial minorities).
What were women’s rights in 1918?
The House’s 1918 Passage of a Constitutional Amendment Granting Women the Right to Vote. On this day, in the midst of World War I, the House passed a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote by a count of 274 to 136.
Why the 19th Amendment is important?
One hundred years ago this August, the 19th Amendment was ratified, guaranteeing that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Supporters of women’s suffrage fought for decades to achieve this milestone.
What did the new law passed in February 1918 allow?
The Representation of the People Act 1918 widened suffrage by abolishing practically all property qualifications for men and by enfranchising women over 30 who met minimum property qualifications.
How did the 1918 pandemic affect the women’s suffrage movement?
The simultaneous challenges of the war and the pandemic forced the suffragists to adapt their priorities and campaigning methods, particularly in the face of the influenza, which prevented the public demonstrations and events that they had been so well known for.
What important event in the development of women’s rights happened in 1928?
The 1928 Act widened suffrage by giving women electoral equality with men. It gave the vote to all women over 21 years old, regardless of property ownership.
What was the purpose of the Eighteenth Amendment?
The 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes,” is ratified by the requisite number of states on January 16, 1919.
What did the suffragettes do?
The suffragists were members of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and were lead by Millicent Garrett Fawcett during the height of the suffrage movement, 1890 – 1919. They campaigned for votes for middle-class, property-owning women and believed in peaceful protest.
Who got the vote in 1918?
In January 1918 the Representation of the People Act gave the vote to all men over the age of 21, women over the age of 30 and women over 21 who were householders or married to householders.
How did the suffragettes get the vote?
They used petitions, leaflets, letters and rallies to demand the same voting rights as men. Some women were willing to break the law to try and force change. They set up militant groups. The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst (pictured) in 1903.
How did the 1918 flu pandemic helped advance women’s rights?
How the flu helped change people’s minds. Increased participation in the workforce allowed many women to obtain social and financial independence. Leadership positions within the workforce could now be occupied by women, especially in the garment industry, but also in the military and police forces.