With the closing of World War One, many soldiers and nurses returned home to Britain. However, they had no automatic rights to vote in the country they had been serving abroad in the war – only men who owned property had this privilege.
Consequently, The Representation Of The People Act ( 1918 ) was introduced. For the first time, all working class men and women over the age of 30 had the right to vote in the UK.
So, why is this event chiefly remembered as a victory for sexual – and not also social equality?
Could it be that feminists appropriated the consequences of this horrific war to push forward their own goal of creating mistrust and division between the sexes by deliberately underplaying the social significance of this act?