Female suffrage: A century for women?

The vote was finally won in 1918, but the battle for equality continued. Sarah Crook offers her thoughts on the hard-fought struggle for women's rights that followed

A century since women's suffrage. (Illustration by Eleanor Shakespeare for BBC History Magazine)

This article was first published in the February 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine

Asked for her address in the 1911 census, Emily Wilding Davison gave the unexpected answer “The House of Commons” – as indeed she was entitled to, for she had spent the night before hiding in a cupboard in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster. Just two years later, Davison would die after throwing herself at (or, arguably, under) the king’s horse, perhaps the most famous fatality in Britain’s move towards a more democratic politics.

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