Women Can Vote in General Election

Search hotels

Check-in date

Check-out date

History on 14th December

Women Can Vote in General Election

The 14th of December 1918 AD

Just a month after the armistice that ended the fighting in WWI a general election was held in Britain and Ireland. Not only was this a so-called ‘khaki’ election, influenced by the feelings of the returning troops; it was also the first general election in this country in which women could vote. And not just vote – they could stand for election too.
Several women did indeed stand, but only one of them actually won her seat. It has to be remembered that according to the recently passed Representation of the People Act 1918 while men aged 21 and over could vote, women had to be 30 or more, and still had to fulfil certain property or educational qualifications.
The woman who was elected to sit in Parliament never did so: like the other 72 victorious Sinn Fein candidates Countess Constance Georgine Markiewicz did not take up her seat in London (she had won in Dublin St Patrick’s), though like many of them she had little option, being in prison at the time, in her case locked up in Holloway. Nancy Astor in 1919 would be the first woman to sit in Parliament, on December 1, following her by-election victory in the seat vacated by her husband on his elevation to the peerage.

More famous dates here

9298 views since 7th December 2009

Brit Quote:
I sometimes feel that more lousy dishes are presented under the banner of pate than any other. - Sir Kingsley Amis
More Quotes

On this day:
Battle of St Albans - Wars of the Roses starts - 1455, James I’s Bargain Baronets - 1611, Littleport’s Bread or Blood Riot Begins - 1816, Britains worst Rail Disaster - 1915, Burgess and Maclean Defect - 1951, Abbeystead Disaster - 1984, Murder of Lee Rigby - 2013
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages