2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed the first women, and all men, to vote for the first time. To mark this momentous event, female staff from Huntingdonshire District Council gathered together for a photograph to celebrate their right to vote.
The Representation of People Act was passed in Parliament on 6 February 1918, and allowed women over 30 a vote if they met a property qualification. The Act also allowed all men over 21 and men over 19 and serving in the armed forces to vote for the first time.
Huntingdon’s connections with the Suffrage movement dates back to 1869. The first Suffrage meeting was held at Huntingdon Town Hall on 4 December 1874, and in 1909 a branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) was founded in the town.
Jo Lancaster, Managing Director and Monitoring Officer at Huntingdonshire District Council said: "It’s easy to take for granted that women and men have an equal vote now, but it’s important to reflect on the sacrifice that many gave in the campaign to bring equality for all. Our dedicated elections team is passionate about democracy and works hard to ensure that our residents can exercise their right to vote which others fought so hard for."
Make sure you’re registered to vote in the local elections on 3 May 2018.