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8 Dec 2017
The London Society for Women’s Suffrage is formed to campaign for female suffrage
The Women’s Social and Political Union is founded in Manchester by Emmeline Pankhurst, her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, and Annie Kearney.
The National Federation of Women Workers is set up by Mary MacArthur.
A massive rally is held in Hyde Park for women’s right to vote, with women travelling from all across the country
Women over 30 are granted the right to vote in Britain. The Parliamentary Qualification of Women Act is passed, enabling women to stand as MP.
The Sex Discrimination Removal Act allows women access to the legal profession and accountancy.
The first general election in which women are allowed to vote occurs.
The National Service Act is passed introducing conscription for women.
Barbara Castle is appointed Minister of Transport, becoming the first female minister of state.
Over 4,000 women take part in the first Women’s Liberation march in London.
The Sex Discrimination Act makes it illegal to discriminate against women in work, education and training.
Margaret Thatcher becomes Britain’s first female prime minister.
Lady Mary Donaldson becomes the first woman Lord Mayor of London.
The national Black Feminist Conference is held.
Julie Hayward, a canteen cook at a shipyard in Liverpool, is the first woman to win a case under the amended Equal Pay Act.
Diane Abbot becomes the first black woman member of the Westminster Parliament.
Susan Maxman the first female president of AIA.
The Disability Discrimination Act gives some new rights for disabled people in employment and access to services
Northern Ireland’s Women’s Coalition was founded
The general election sees 101 Labour women MPs elected.
The European Union passes the Human Rights Act, guaranteeing basic principles of life for everyone.
The Mayor of London launches the London Partnerships Register, allowing lesbians, gay men and unmarried heterosexual couples to register their partnerships
Parliament passes measures allowing lesbian and unmarried couples to adopt children.
The first civil registrations of same-sex couples takes place as a result of the long campaigned for Civil Partnerships Act.
Iraqi politicians propose law to let girls as young as nine marry
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