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What Difference Did the War Make? World War One and Votes for Women

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2018 sees the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. Passed in the final year of the First World War, this Act gave all British men the right to vote in parliamentary elections, but is chiefly remembered as the moment when some British women were given a parliamentary vote. It followed many years of campaigning by the suffrage movement and four years in which women had played a crucial role in the nation’s war effort. It was followed by the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 which allowed women to stand as candidates and be elected as MPs for the first time.

This roundtable discussion is part of a wider project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled What Difference did the War make? World War One and Votes for Women. The project involves academics from the University of Lincoln, the University of Plymouth and Parliament’s Vote 100 project, and builds on previous research exploring the links between the ongoing wartime suffrage campaign and women’s votes.

The speakers will consider the impact of the continued suffrage campaign during the First World War, the role of women in wartime, and the extent to which the gendering of British politics was shifted by the events of 1914-18.

Speakers include:

Professor Sarah Childs, Birkbeck, University of London

Professor Krista Cowman, University of Lincoln

Rt Hon Maria Miller MP

Professor Angela K. Smith, University of Plymouth

Dr Mari Takayanagi, UK Parliament Vote 100


There will also be performances by poet Hannah Davies, and folk singer Louise Jordan.

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