UNESCO Women's Suffrage documents

Eight documents from the Parliamentary Archives and the Women's Library  were recognised by UNESCO on their Memory of the World UK Register in 2011  and are displayed together for International Women's Day in 2012

Women's Suffrage UNESCO exhibition, 2012

Women's Suffrage UNESCO exhibition

The eight documents are displayed together for the first time for International Women's Day 2012.

Petition circulated by the Women's Suffrage Petition Committee, 1866


This petition marks the beginning of the continuous women’s suffrage movement in Britain

Suffragette Banner, 1908

Women's Freedom League banner unfurled in the House of Commons in 1908

'Cat and Mouse' Act, 1913

Cat and Mouse Act cover

This Act allowed suffragettes on hunger strike to be repeatedly freed and re-arrested

Equal Franchise Act 1928

Equal Franchise Act 1928

Women finally got the vote on the same terms as men in 1928

Stanley Baldwin to Millicent Fawcett, 1928


Letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister on equal franchise

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