100 years ago, some women broke through. The 1918 Representation of the People Act marked the ﬁrst time that any women in the United Kingdom were able to vote. For the ﬁrst time, MPs were elected by women as well as men.
It was a change which sparked others. In 1928 another Act gave women the vote at 21, equal to men, and in 1969 the voting age for both sexes was lowered. Today anyone over 18 can vote in the UK, and there are moves to enfranchise and empower younger people too.
In 2018 Edge Hill University will celebrate the victory of those who campaigned for Votes for Women and will ask what more needs to be done to make sure that everyone can reach their potential and break through barriers.
Edge Hill University was set up in 1885 as a pioneering institution, the ﬁrst non-denominational teacher training college for women, and its history is tied up with the struggle for women’s rights and progress. Today its graduation gowns and corporate colours reﬂect this proud history, honouring the green and purple of the suffrage movement.
Wonder Women will mark the 100 year anniversary of women’s suffrage with a series of events, installations, and activities across campus from January – December 2018. We hope you can join us!