Celebrating 100 years of women having the right to vote

Stephen Hepburn MP for the Jarrow Constituency has hailed today’s celebration of the landmark centenary year of the first women being given the right to vote.  

Today (6th February 2018) marks 100 years since since the passing of The Representation of the People Act of 1918, which for the first time enfranchised some women over the age of 30. About 8.5 million women gained the vote.  The Representation of the People Act 1918 passed by a huge majority of 385 to 55 and raised the electorate from 8 to 21 million people.

Achieving the right to vote was a huge stepping stone in the legitimisation of women not just in the political sphere but also as citizens in their own right.

The Jarrow MP said:

“It is such a proud moment for us to celebrate the tremendous courage of those brave women who fought so hard for change and the legacy they have left behind.

“As we celebrate these women, we should also look forward to the possibilities for the next 100 years and make 2018 a year of great achievement for women and girls everywhere.

“Sadly, many policies introduced by this Conservative government are turning back the clock on equality for women. Cuts to public services and social security are landing disproportionately on women.

“Labour in government will strengthen legislation around sex discrimination and introduce policies to tackle the structural and economic barriers that stop women from reaching their full potential.”

Meet your MP


Stephen Hepburn has served the Jarrow Constituency as MP since 1997.

He was last elected to serve in June 2017 and won the seat with a conclusive 17,263 majority.

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