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Emancipation: Top 10 facts about womens’ right to vote

1. Actually it gave votes only to women over 30, who were householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property with an annual rent of £5 and graduates of British universities.

2. An Act in November 1918 added the right for women to be elected to Parliament.

3. It took another 10 years before women over 21 could vote, giving them parity with men.

4. Votes for Women campaigners divided into non-violent suffragists and militant suffragettes.

5. The first women to be elected to Parliament in the UK was Constance Markievicz (Sinn Fein) in 1918 but she did not take her seat.

6. The first to take her seat in the Commons was Nancy Astor in December 1919…

7. …and the first woman Cabinet minister was Margaret Bondfield who served as Minister of Labour from 1929 to 1931.

8. The Isle of Man had given women who owned property the right to vote in 1881.

9. In 1893 New Zealand became the first country to give votes to women.

10. The last country in Europe to give votes to women was Liechtenstein in 1984.

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