Emmeline Pankhurst founds the Women's Social and
Political Union (WSPU).
The word "suffragette" was first used to describe
women campaigning for the right to vote.
Emily Wilding Davison throws herself under the King's
horse at the Epsom Derby and is killed.
Representation of the People bill, doubles the
electorate, giving the parliamentary vote to about six
Nancy Astor becomes the first woman to take her seat
in the House of Commons.
Women given the vote at the age of 21 - the same as
By the end of the war there were 460,000 women in
the military and over 6.5 million in civilian war work.
Contraception made free to all women
Abortion Act introduced.
The first British conference of the Women's Liberation
Movement in Oxford resolved to press for employment
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer and The
Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir published.
Cosmopolitan magazine launched in Britain.
The Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act come
into effect and equal opportunities commission
Rape in marriage was criminalised.
Trade Union reform and Employment Rights Act
guarantees every working woman the right to
maternity leave for the first time.
120 women win seats in the general election.
Government introduces bill to improve women's
Gender pay gap still at 19%.
Feminist blogs ‘The F-Word’ and ‘UK Feminista’ are
launched, giving Feminism a presence on the internet
and a place for feminists, particularly women in the
20s, to write about the feminist issues that concern
A report called ‘Who runs Britain?’ is published by the
Equality and Human Rights Commission. It shows that
women are underrepresented in almost every part of
In the coalition government, 22.3% of MPs are women,
and there are 4 women in a Cabinet of 23.