Spotted! Imperial War Museum: Women & the Vote!

On a recent visit to the Imperial War Museum we spotted these fantastic artefacts which encouraged women to vote for the first time in the election of 2018. These artefacts formed part of the museum’s excellent First World War exhibition. 

Following the Representation of the People act in February 1918, women over the age of 30 were given the vote for the first time. The leaflet (photographed below) was published to help women learn more about voting, and contained information similar to the content which we share on the Voting Counts website almost one hundred years later!

Photos included in the collection also show women voting for the first time and the first female MP to take her place in the House of Commons, Lady Astor.

To find out more about the collection visit the Imperial War Museum in London, or visit their website www.iwm.org.uk.



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Rachael Farrington

Hello! I founded Voting Counts back in 2014, when I was a sixth form student. I'm now studying Politics and History at University and run Voting Counts in my spare time.

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