Why could women not vote for parliament during the nineteenth century?
- At the beginning of the nineteenth century, only people with property could vote. As the century wore on, more and more men got the right to vote.
- The right to vote was extended in the UK by the Great Reform Act (1832) but all women were excluded for the first time when the term 'male person' was inserted in the Act.
- Then the Second Reform Act (1867) extended the right to vote to most middle class men.
- By the Third Reform Act (1884) all male householders could vote.
- All attempts to extend the vote to women with corresponding amounts of property failed