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  • 1. 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 million women. 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 men. 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
  • 2. Abortion Act introduced. The first British conference of the Women's Liberation Movement in Oxford resolved to press for employment legislation. 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 established. 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.
  • 3. Government introduces bill to improve women's political representation. 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 them. 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 public life. In the coalition government, 22.3% of MPs are women, and there are 4 women in a Cabinet of 23.