Vote 100 Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Vote 100 project

The Vote 100 project marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave all men and some women the vote for the first time.  It will provide a major series of significant exhibitions and events to engage the public with Parliament and enhance understanding of the struggle for the vote. 

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

2015-2018: 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.

July-October 2018: 'Vote 100' centenary exhibition - 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

Throughout the project, social media including Twitter, Facebook  and a curator's blog.

The project, costing £498,500 over 5 years (2014-2018), is funded by the Speaker's Art Fund, a registered charitable trust, with support from the House of Commons and House of Lords.

About the Speaker's Art Fund

Speaker's Art Fund press release on Vote 100 

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Women in Parliament: Art


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