Votes For Women 100th Anniversary 1000pc

Mary Evans Picture Library

Tuesday 6th of February 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, the act that allowed women to vote in elections. This was a momentous achievement for the suffragettes who had campaigned for decades, and is seen as the first step that Britain took to ensure women’s voices were heard.

We still have a long way to go to win equality for all races and genders, but this jigsaw puzzle celebrates the courage and bravery of the women who dedicated their lives to the cause.

The First World War had a huge impact on the movement as it provided the first opportunity for women to take on traditional male jobs. Women's contribution to the war effort challenged the notion of their physical and mental inferiority and made it more difficult to maintain that women were, both by constitution and temperament, unfit to vote. If women could work in munitions factories, it seemed both ungrateful and illogical to deny them a place in the polling booth. But the vote was much more than simply a reward for war work; women's participation in the war helped to dispel the fears that surrounded women's entry into the public arena. The vote for women was part of a gradual improvement in women's rights throughout the 19th century, with national and international organisations forming to coordinate efforts to gain voting rights, especially the International Woman Suffrage Alliance (founded in 1904, in Berlin). Between 1906 and 1914, more than 1,300 suffragette women were arrested and many went on to be jailed, including the leader Emmeline Pankhurst. The movement also campaigned for the right to divorce a husband, the right to education, and the right to have a job such as a doctor.

Many women, however, saw the vote as the vital achievement that would give them a say in the laws affecting their lives. Their fight was justified when on February 6, 1918, the Representation of the People Act passed, allowing women over 30 with certain property qualifications to vote and later in 1921, when women over the age of 21 – the same age as for men – were permitted to stand for election as an MP.

As with all Gibsons jigsaws, the pieces are made from the highest quality 100% recycled board and are therefore a pleasure to work with again and again.


High quality 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
Puzzle size 49x68cm when complete.
Made from thick, durable puzzle board that is 100% recycled.
Designed and manufactured in the UK.

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Mary Evans Picture Library

Mary Evans Picture Library licences images for commercial use in books, newspapers, magazines, adverts, web sites and all manner of other media.

Their images cover a broad range of topics and subject areas which, although coming under the umbrella classification of history, in fact extend far beyond most people's perception of historical pictures.

Their material has traditionally been used in an editorial context to illustrate news stories, magazine articles and the like, but today it is increasingly sought by creatives looking for different and stimulating imagery around which to base advertising campaigns or commercial design projects.

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