Women were granted limited voting rights in Ireland in 1918. Irish women were granted equal voting rights in 1922 when the Irish Free State broke away from the United Kingdom, and they were bestowed full voting rights in the United Kingdom in 1928.Know More
The Representation of the People Act of 1918 granted all women in the United Kingdom the right to vote. However, women could only vote if they were over 30, and they had to belong to the Local Government Register. They could also vote if they were married to a member of the Register. Irish women could only vote if they owned property or if they were from a university constituency.
All women over the age of 21 could vote, regardless of property status, under the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act of 1928 in the United Kingdom.Learn more about Modern Europe
In the United States, women universally gained the right to vote, called women's suffrage, on Aug. 26, 1920, through the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Eight million women exercised their right to vote during the November election that same year.Full Answer >
In the 1920s, American women had more jobs, gained the right to vote and revolutionized their societal roles. They challenged traditional Victorian ideals of how women should act.Full Answer >
There were many reasons women wanted the right to vote, but primarily they wanted equality in all aspects of society and felt their votes would contribute to a more fair and equitable representation of society. The idea of women's suffrage grew from the anti-slavery movement of the early 1800s.Full Answer >
In 1918, women over 30 years of age who had qualifying property could vote in Britain for the first time; in 1928, the Equal Franchise Act lowered that minimum age to 21 and removed the property requirement. The 1928 law meant that 15 million British women were eligible to vote.Full Answer >