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Women's Emancipation Bill

The Labour Party introduced the Women's Emancipation Bill as a private members' bill in 1919 to 'remove certain Restraints and Disabilities imposed upon Women.' The Bill aimed to remove the disqualification of women from holding any civil or judicial office, give women the Parliamentary franchise on the same terms as men, and allow women who were hereditary peers in their own right to sit in the House of Lords. The Bill passed all its stages in the House of Commons but fell in the House of Lords, where the Coalition government replaced it with its own less radical Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act. Women had to wait until 1928 for equal franchise, 1958 for women to sit in the House of Lords as life peers, and 1963 to sit in the House of Lords as hereditary peers.