The Representation of the People Act 1918
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 | Gareth
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a big step on the journey to the voting rights we delight in today in the United Kingdom. It gave the right to vote to all men over the age of 21, and any man 19 or older who had served in the militaries. Many, significantly females, got the right to vote for the first time in history. There were conditions; ladies needed to be over 30 and 'of property' however it represented a dramatic shift in mindsets and laid ground for the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which finally gave all women over 21 the exact same ballot rights as males.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 meant that a greater number and a more comprehensive mix of voices could now be heard at the surveys. The coin's design, produced by Royal Mint graphic designer Stephen Taylor, brings to life the achievement of ladies, soldiers and middle-class males queuing to vote for the very first time.