The Representation of the People Act 1918 was undoubtedly a significant step forward for women’s rights and democracy.
It gave the to vote to around 8.5million women previously disenfranchised and abolished almost all property restrictions on men.
One hundred years later and both men and women UK residents aged 18 and over are entitled to cast their vote on polling day.
While this is significant progress it is important to remember this is not the end of the journey. Women today still face many barriers which their male counterparts do not. And our democracy is far from being perfect.
So what now needs to be done to ensure there is equality for men and women and that their voices are heard in Westminster?
- A higher proportion of women politicians
- Tough measures to prevent the abuse of women in politics
- Proportional Representation (PR)
- Ending the big-donor culture
- Votes at 16
Click here to read the full article published by the HuffPost UK on 7 February 2018.