In What Year Did Women Get the Vote in Britain?


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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.

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In 1918, only about three-fifths of the male population could vote in England, because a residency provision required that men reside in England for the 12 months leading up to an election. 1918 marked the end of World War I, which meant that a huge number of men in England had been overseas fighting the war and thus were ineligible to vote. The uproar over an upcoming general election convinced politicians to widen the vote for the first time.

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