The Vote 100 Project

Vote 100 is the Parliamentary project to mark the following upcoming anniversaries:

  • February 2018 - 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time;
  • April 2018 - 60th anniversary of the Life Peerages Act 1958, which allowed women to sit in the House of Lords;
  • July 2018 - 90th anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which gave women the right to vote at age 21 on the same terms as men;
  • October 2018 - 60th anniversary of women sitting in the House of Lords for the first time;
  • November 2018 - 100th anniversary of the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918, allowing women to stand for election to the House of Commons;
  • December 2018 - 100th anniversary of all men and some women voting for the first time, in the general election of December 1918. 

The project comprises a four year programme of activities starting in 2015 and culminating with a major public exhibition in 2018 in Westminster Hall.  The programme will include:

Online exhibitions on key figures, places and events, including:

  • The presentation of the first major women's suffrage petition in the House of Commons by John Stuart Mill in 1866;
  • Millicent Fawcett, founder of the National Union of Suffrage societies and campaigner for over sixty years;
  • George Lansbury MP who spoke up for women in Parliament, went to prison and on hunger strike;
  • Australian suffragette Muriel Matters who participated in some famous campaigns around Parliament;
  • The Speaker's Conference of 1916/17, the recommendations of which led to the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Social media including Twitter, Facebook  and a curator's blog 

‘Women in Parliament: Works from the Parliamentary Art Collection’, February-June 2015  - an exhibition in Portcullis House documenting female MPs and other women of significance to Parliament's history

'Vote 100' centenary exhibition, July-October 2018 - a major exhibition in Westminster Hall covering the growth of the male franchise, the campaign for votes for women, and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords

Further activities will be announced on this website as the project progresses.

Vote 100 is funded by the Speaker’s Art Fund with additional support from the House of Lords and the House of Commons.

Speaker's Art Fund press release on Vote 100

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.