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#Vote100: Celebrating the Women of St Albans

Posted on: 26th January 2018 By:

2018 is an important year for equality anniversaries. In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed, which extended the vote to all men over 21, and to some groups of women over 30. The 6th February 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of this Act.

December 2018 marks 100 years since the first general election in which women voted in the UK.

July 2018 marks the 90th anniversary of full equal franchise of women when the voting age was dropped to 21, the same age as men.

We will be celebrating this important event by showcasing the many different ways that the women of St Albans and Hertfordshire have contributed to society, before and after Acts such as the Representation of the People Act were passed. Women like Shirley Williams who served as Home Secretary in the 1970s and Syeda Momotaz Rahim, a pioneering community activist.  

And of course, we will be exploring the lives, experiences and deeds of local women involved in the campaign for suffrage. Women such as Elizabeth Impey, who was Secretary of the Hertfordshire branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).


We would also like to hear from you. How would you like to commemorate this anniversary? What or who do you thing symbolises the march of equality and justice?

Email your suggestions to museum@stalbans.gov.uk

See you in February when we will start with campaigning women!