20th century, Arts, Contemporary, Humanities, Science

100 Years On

By Rebecca O’Brien

I have collected together some important dates to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which gave British women (over 30 with property qualifications) the ability to vote.


16th 2006 Liberian Ellen Johnson Sirleaf becomes the first elected female head of state in Africa

21st 2017 Millions around the world join the Women’s March to support human and women’s rights


6th International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

6th 1918 Representation of the People Act- British women over 30 with property qualifications secure the vote330px-Corazon_Aquino_1986

11th International Day of Women and Girls in Science

25th 1986 Corazon Aquino becomes the first female president in Asia after toppling 21years of authoritarian rule in the Phillipines


3rd 1941 Una Marson becomes the first black woman to be employed by the BBC

8th International Women’s Day


Loretta_Lynch,_official_portrait27th 2015 Loretta Lynch becomes the first African American Woman Attorney General of the US

29th 1968 Sislin Fay Allen becomes the first non-white woman police constable in the UK

30th 60th Anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958 which allowed women to sit in the British House of Lords


3rd 1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes UK’s first female prime minister

5th 1930 Amy Johnson departs on her 19days solo flight from England to Australia, the first woman to do so330px-Amy_Johnson_portrait

12th 2003 Baroness Valerie Amos becomes the first black woman to sit in the British Cabinet

29th The Equal Pay Act, the first piece of UK legislation to enshrine the right to pay equality between women and men is passed


4th 1913 Emily Wilding Davison is hit by King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby, she passes away four days later

7th 1866 John Stewart Mill presents the first petition on women’s suffrage to the UK parliament

11th 1847 Millicent Fawcett’s birthday

21st 1908 Women’s Sunday: 250,000 people gather in Hyde Park, London, to support women’s suffrage

27th 1969 Stonewall Riots Anniversary


Emmeline_Pankhurst,_seated_(1913)2nd 1928 The Equal Franchise Act secures voting rights for British Women over 21, on the same terms as men

14th 1858 Emmeline Pankhurst’s birthday

26th 1913 The Women’s Suffrage Pilgrimage ends with a mass rally of 50,000 in Hyde Park, London


6th 1926 Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channeljayaben-desai

20th 1976 Start of nearly two-year strike by Jayaben Desai and largely South Asian workforce at the Grunwick Factory in London


330px-Dr._Mae_C._Jemison,_First_African-American_Woman_in_Space_-_GPN-2004-0002012th 1992 American astronaut Mae Jemison starts her space mission, becoming the first woman of colour in space

15th 1888 Clementina Black moves the first UK Trades Union Congress equal pay resolution

19th 1893 New Zealand becomes the first self-governing country in the world in which all woman have the right to vote in parliamentary elections


11th International Day of the Girl Child

16th 1869 The first British institution for women’s higher education, Girton College Cambridge, is founded by Emily Davies

21st 60th anniversary of women sitting in the British House of Lord for the first time

27th 1967 Abortion Act gives women in the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, abortion rights with certain conditions


12th 1975 Sex Discrimination Act passed to protect men and women from discrimination on the grounds of sex or marital status

18th 1910 ‘Black Friday’ suffragette led protest. Many protesters were met with police violenceBlack_friday_Ada_Wright

20th Transgender Day of Remembrance

21st 100th Anniversary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 allowing women to stand for election in the House of Commons

25th International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


nancy-astor1st 1919 Nancy Astor elected in by-election as MP for Plymouth Sutton, becomes first woman to take her seat in Parliament

4th 1961 Contraceptive pill becomes available on the NHS in the UK

10th 1948 United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
14th 1918 First general election in which women can vote and stand as candidates. Constance Markievicz elected for Sinn Fein but refuses seat








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