"Women are more easily swayed by sentiment, less open to reason, less logical, keener in intuition, more sensitive than men", the writer claims.
Lady Nancy Astor photographed in Plymouth during a 1919 election.
They believed women didn't have the capacity to understand politics, and portrayed the suffragettes as a group of "ugly" women and "spinsters".
It was not until 1928 that British women gained the same voting rights as men, but the 1918 act was a major step towards it. "They simply asked for the franchise on the same terms as it was held by men".
The struggle by British women for suffrage began in the mid-19th century and Sheffield was the first place in the country to have formed a women's suffrage society run by women for women - The Sheffield Women's Political Association.
Leader of the movement Emmenline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel are said to have had relationships and attractions to other women cataologued during the movement, as well as the likes of Chief Organisers Annie Kenney, Grace Roe and Olive Bartels; and leading militants Emily Wilding Davison, Mary Leigh and Lilian Lenton.
More than 1,000 women were arrested over the course of their campaign. Organised suffrage groups had been active from as early as the 1860s, and in 1897 many local groups came together under the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). Thanks to the tireless work of women's suffrage movements there was also the feeling that women should be rewarded for their own wartime efforts.
The Representation of the People Act, which was passed on February 6, 1918, gave first British women over 30 and "of property" the right to vote. They cut electricity lines, disrupted meetings and even bombed the house of a government minister.
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Pankhurst and other leaders were accused of being from the middle-class elite but they also drew strength from the working class, embracing women labourers in the harsh northern textiles mills and from London's gritty East End.
Looking ahead, journalist an author of She: A Celebration of Renegade Women Harriet Hall has highlighted that the future of history-writing needs to ensure that women from all backgrounds and sexual orientations need to be included in order for real progress to be made. Critics said their slogan should be not "Votes for Women" but "Votes for Ladies". Such a high percentage meant that the government only wanted women who were well into adulthood and who possessed a sufficient amount of property (read: wealth), social status, and/or education to be entrusted with the vote.
This law granted suffrage to most men so, for the first time, all my male forbears could vote, but the women from my family remained excluded from this fearless new world. "If we had the vote", she insisted, "we would be constitutional".
When we teach children about the 1918 Representation of the People Act, partial truths are not enough. Australia followed suit in 1902, though suffrage was still restricted for indigenous Australians.
The Prime Minister will later address a reception at Westminster to launch a year-long Vote 100 programme of events to celebrate a century of female suffrage. Finland granted women the right to vote in 1906 and Norway in 1913.
Fawcett was a "Suffragiste", a campaigner for voting rights through non-violent action, as opposed to the Suffragettes who advocated direction action to advance their cause.
American women won the right to vote when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified in 1920.
"To think 100 years ago my great grandmothers had not been able to vote, let alone stand for an election".