The Centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918


The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the vote to some women in the United Kingdom for the first time. In the same year, the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act allowed women to stand for election to become a Member of Parliament.

The centenary is an opportunity for all of us to remember and pay tribute to the individual women whose actions through the suffrage movement and to the war effort in 1914-18, eventually made Parliament take heed and grant at least some women the vote. It would, of course, take another 10 years and the passing of the Equal Franchise Act 1928 for women to be granted the vote on same terms as men.

Funding announced by the Scottish Government will be used both to celebrate and commemorate the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 and to look forward to the future and how we can best support women’s political participation here and now.

Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

The Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is now open. Applications must be submitted by 5pm Friday 11th May 2018.
If you require the application form and/or guidance in an alternative format please contact CentenaryofWomensSuffrage@gov.scot or 0131 244 7977.

Download the Centenary Application Form.
Download the Grant Scheme Guidance.

Funding available

Up to £170,000 is available through the Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme. The scheme will support activity which celebrates and commemorates the centenary with grants of between £500 and £5000.

Please read the guidance and fill in the attached application form and send as an email attachment to CentenaryofWomensSuffrage@gov.scot.

Contact us

You can contact us by email at CentenaryofWomensSuffrage@gov.scot or 0131 244 7977.

Before contacting us, please read the guidance carefully. Please note that we cannot provide advice on your application or the likelihood that it will be successful for funding.

Other Activity

In addition to the Scottish Government Vote Centenary Grant Scheme funding has been provided to Glasgow Women’s Library and Artichoke to celebrate and commemorate the suffrage movement and the centenary and the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Glasgow Women’s Library

The Scottish Government has provided funding to Glasgow Women’s Library, for range of activity to mark this centenary. GWL is the only Accredited Museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements.

PROCESSIONS

On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London mass participation artwork events are scheduled. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the PROCESSIONS is an opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.

You can find out more on the PROCESSIONS website.

Suffrage Flag Relay

The flag of the UK women’s suffrage movement

The flag of the UK women’s suffrage movement

The UK Civil Service Suffrage Flag Relay is currently travelling around the UK to departments and agencies across government. When organisations host the flag, they will also be hosting wider events and discussions on gender equality – including the returners programmes, gender pay gap and gender stereotypical language in the workplace.

The Suffrage Flag will be arriving in Scotland in July 2018 and will visit Scottish Government buildings, prisons and the Glasgow Women’s Library – the UK’s only Accredited Museum dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements.

In parallel, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for International Development (DFID) are organising a global suffrage flag relay. This has already started, and has so far travelled to South Africa and Nigeria.

Gender champions and employee networks are working together to host a vast range of local events throughout the year. These include ‘EqualiTeas’, a ‘living museum’, talks by suffrage speakers, panel discussions and history walks.

You can follow the flag @SufferageFlag on Twitter, flag relay pictures are being shared using the hashtag #SuffrageFlagRelay.