Votes for Women
The war helped the cause of the “suffrage movement” which campaigned for women to have the right to vote. Women took on the jobs usually done by men during the war, and their efforts had helped to win it.
The Imperial War Museum website has photos of women at work during the war.
Local women had been active in the suffrage movement for many years. In 1906 the London branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union was set up in Canning Town.
Women were rewarded for their work during the war with limited rights to vote in 1918. East Ham North was one of the first boroughs to return a woman MP, Susan Lawrence, in 1923. Then in July 1928 women were given equal rights to the vote.
Thanks for this to The Newham Story.