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Women candidates at the 1918 General Electionlocked

(act. 1918)
  • Mari Takayanagi

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Women candidates at the 1918 General Election (act. 1918) stood for Parliament in December 1918, when women were eligible for the first time to vote and stand in the general election. To vote, women had to be over the age of thirty and meet the minimum property qualification for the local government franchise; these restrictions were put in place to ensure the female electorate did not outnumber the male. No such concern existed over women candidates, so women were allowed to stand aged twenty-one, the same age as men, and without any property restrictions, meaning that in theory women could stand who could not vote. Eligible to vote were 8.4 million women; seventeen women stood as candidates across 710 constituencies, and one was elected....

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