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Male sympathisers

Men played a crucial role in Parliament and outside

The Ladies' Gallery

Women had to watch Parliamentary proceedings from a separate gallery.


Some people who didn't support women's votes reacted with an anti-suffragist campaign.

Women's Freedom League

The Women's Freedom League was formed in 1907 following a break from WSPU


It was not until 1958 that women were finally allowed to sit in the Upper House


The Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act of 1918 allowed women to stand as candidates and be elected as MPs


The use of petitions was another tactic employed by the suffragists to demonstrate support for their cause


The outbreak of war in 1914 had a dramatic effect on women's lives and influenced the campaign for women's votes


Find out when the suffragists goal was finally achieved after a long and often violent struggle


It was decided by some women that deeds not words were needed and the suffragette movement began


During the 19th century, suffragist groups organised peaceful, constitutional campaigns for the right to vote, including the lobbying of MPs


The Women's Social and Political Union used militant tactics to fight for the vote with dramatic and often violent results


The background to the campaign to secure women's voting rights

Elizabeth Crawford

Campaigning for the Vote

Watch and listen to a talk given in Parliament by suffrage historian Elizabeth Crawford on the women's suffrage organiser Kate Parry Frye

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Key dates

Follow the dates and legislation that mark milestones in women's struggle for the right to vote

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