Cumann na mBan was founded in April 1914 as a women's organisation in support of the Irish Volunteers.

The Easter Rising took place in 1916.

Suffragettes in the UK suspended their campaign while Britain fought in the First World War (1914-1918).

Women over thirty with property qualifications got the right to vote in the UK in 1918.

Sinn Féin (in favour of equal votes and representational rights for women) won a large majority of seats over the Home Rule Party in Ireland in the general election of 1918. They refused to take their seats in Westminster and set up the first Dáil Éireann.

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