1st January 2019 - 31st December 2019
In 2019 WES will be 100 years old: we will be celebrating the present, remembering the past and transforming the future. To find out more, go to the WES Centenary page.
2018 was the centenary of British women gaining the right to vote. It was marked with a range of celebrations and events under the banner of #Vote100. The Representation of the People Act 1918 passed on 6th February 2018. It gave suffrage for most men, and enfranchised women over 30 who met minimum property qualifications. This was considered to be recognition of women's contributions to the war effort during World War I. Women were still not politically equal to men (who could vote from the age of 21). The Act gave 8.4 million women the vote, making them around 43% of the electorate. It took a further 10 years until women achieved universal suffrage in 1928, when all women over 21 were able to vote.
WES was formed in 1919 against this backdrop of political and social change, with several of our founders being at the forefront of campaigns for women's rights.