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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Votes for women, December 1918

14 December marks the 90th anniversary of the election of the first woman to the British House of Commons, and the first election in which women were able to stand as candidates and to vote. The 1918 election was also the first in which all men aged 21 or over could vote (free of earlier property qualifications), while the female franchise was initially restricted to women aged 30 or over who met certain property requirements. The vote was extended to all women (aged 21 or over) in 1928 and cast a year later in what was dubbed the Flapper election - ODNB

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