The Vote and Beyond: a History

From peaceful campaigning to militant tactics, the fight for women's voting rights lasted many years. Find out more about the long struggle for women’s representation in Parliament and the subsequent story of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Parliament and Votes for Women

Women and the Vote
Find out more about the campaign for votes for women in Living Heritage.

A Timeline of Women and the Vote
Explore the Education Service's Houses of History timeline.

Suffragettes Lesson plans for teachers
Key stage 2, 3 and 4 lesson plans from the Education Service.

Kate Parry Frye – campaigning for the vote
Watch a video talk about suffrage campaigner Kate Parry Frye.

Women and the House of Lords

Women and the House of Lords
Viscountess Rhondda tried to sit in the House of Lords as early as 1922 but women weren't admitted until 1958.

Women and House of Lords reform
Find out more about women and House of Lords reform in the 20th century.

Interviews about women and House of Lords reform
Watch video interviews with Baroness Jay and others.

Women in Parliament

Groundbreakers
Read the Education Service's list of groundbreaking women in Parliament.

Women in Politics
How the representation of women MPs and peers has changed over the years.

Baroness Thatcher

Find out about the career of Britain's first female Prime Minister.

Further Reading

Women in the House of Lords
Read the House of Lords Library Note on women in the House of Lords including lists of women peers.

Women Members of Parliament
Read the House of Commons Library Standard Note listing all women MPs.

Women in the House of Commons
Read the House of Commons Library Standard Note on women in the House of Commons including statistical information.

History and Geography of women's representation
The History and Geography of women MPs since 1918 in numbers.

Votes for Women

Dr Mari Takayanagi, senior archivist in the Parliamentary Archives, tells the fascinating story of Parliament and the suffragettes at an Open Lecture recorded at Exeter University in April 2014.

Watch the video or read the full transcript

Women: Making a difference

An overview with statistics on the increasing number of women in Parliament, brief profiles of selected women MPs and key pieces of legislation that have been pioneered by women.

Women in Parliament: Art

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Explore images of Women in Parliament from the Parliamentary Art Collection as part of Parliament Week 2013.

External links

Parliament's Senior Archivist, Caroline Shenton, describes the Ladies' Gallery of the Old Palace of Westminster in her blog article for Parliament Week 2013