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 closed.

Almost £170,000 has been awarded to the following successful applicants to celebrate and commemorate the centenary with grants of between £500 and £5000:

Grant Awarded (£) Organisation/Project Location
500 Pilmeny Development Project Leith, Edinburgh
500 Unstfest Shetland
500 ANGUSalive Arbroath
500 Youth Team Stirling/Glasgow
526 One Dalkeith Edinburgh
1,043 Make and Create Arts Airdrie
1,230 Dundee International Women’s Centre Dundee
1,325 LGBT Health and Wellbeing Edinburgh
1,355 Heart of Africa Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
1,600 Generations Working Together Glasgow
1,860 Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire Kilmarnock
2,000 Garioch Women for Change Aberdeenshire
2,000 Joan Glen-Stuart – Stories from a Scottish Island Isle of Arran
2,060 Art Space for Women Edinburgh
2,350 Raploch Community Partnership Stirling
2,500 Lea Taylor – Storytelling Edinburgh
2,543 Community Asset Project Glasgow
2,697 Tarbet Guide Unit Argyll and Bute/Edinburgh
3,015 Glasgow ESOL Forum Glasgow
3,220 Blackford Study Group Perth & Kinross
3,230 Culture Perth and Kinross Perth & Kinross
3,300 Active Communities Scotland Ltd Renfrewshire
3,500 Dundee Women’s Festival Dundee
3,640 Aberdour Festival Aberdour
3,840 Ak-meezan/Sakina Group Glasgow
3,850 KWISA Glasgow
4,150 Mosaic Shack CIC Ltd Glasgow
4,155 The Orkney News Orkney
4,300 The National Autistic Society Glasgow
4,500 Saheliya Edinburgh and Glasgow
4,500 CultureNL Coatbridge
4,696 Helensburgh Heroes Argyll & Bute
4,700 Govanhill Baths Community Trust Govan, Glasgow
4,758 Hope Amplified South Lanarkshire
4,850 Lyth Arts Centre Caithness and North Sutherland
4,858 New Tannahill Centre Paisley
4,875 Kinning Park Complex (CIC) Glasgow
4,880 Sunny Govan Community Media Govan
4,900 Sara Stroud – Filmmaker Aberdeen
4,950 Moray – PROCESSIONS Moray/Edinburgh
4,969 Edinburgh City Youth Café (6VT Youth Café) Edinburgh
4,978 Gorgie Collective Gorgie, Edinburgh
5,000 Women’s Festival in Aberdeen Aberdeen
5,000 Shaper/Caper Dundee
5,000 YWCA Scotland Edinburgh
5,000 Engender Edinburgh
5,000 Interfaith Scotland Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dumfries
5,000 West Lothian Council West Lothian
5,000 WEA Highland Highlands
5,000 Fife Centre for Equalities Fife


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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.


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.