Women and the Vote timeline - Houses of History

Women and the Vote timeline - Houses of History

This animated timeline will help students follow key moments in the history of the Suffragettes and women's right to vote.

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This interactive timeline allows students to learn about key moments in the history of women's voting rights. It spans nearly 80 years from the rise of Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903 to the first woman Prime Minister in 1979.

Time required: 30 minutes plus optional writing activity


Students can:


  • Follow an historical chronology of 10 significant moments from Suffragette history in the last 80 years as women campaigned for the vote and became political leaders
  • Watch short animations of the Suffragette ‘Rush on Parliament’ and the outbreak of the First World War
  • Create a project from a template of a newspaper article and add images and quotations collected from the timeline
  • Take part in a writing challenge to develop skills of interpreting evidence and understanding changes that take place over a period of time
  • Learning outcomes

    All students should:


    • Learn how the suffrage movement campaigned for all women to be given the democratic right to vote, increasing their protests as Parliament blocked their campaign.
    • Follow an historical chronology and, using this, learn about key social and political events.
    • Be able to identify, explain and analyse social and political change for women from 1903 to 1979 using a range of historical sources, including images, animations, articles and trusted web links.


    Most students could:


    • Understand broader social and political development of votes for women from the early suffrage movement to the first woman taking her seat in Parliament in 1919.
    • Consider the significance of events, people and developments of the suffrage movement in their historical context and in the present day.
    • Read longer authoritative articles as they travel through 20th century history.

    For teachers, there are more detailed links to the curriculum.

    Practical information

    Houses of History requires Flash version 10 or later. You can download this free software and the latest version is: Flash plug-in (link opens in a new window).

    Access the Help screen by clicking the button marked '?' at the top right of the resource.

    The resource is best viewed with a fast internet connection due to the number of images and animations.


    Image credits

    Image credits

    Picture credits and copyright information for images in the women and the vote timeline.

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    Writing challenge: women and the vote

    Writing challenge: women and the vote

    Challenge your students to travel back to 1918 and write a newspaper article about women winning the right to vote.

    pdf file - 53 KB
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