First mass petition for women’s suffrage
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A petition in 1866 marked the start of the organised women’s suffrage campaign. This campaign became one of the most topical issues of the day. It culminated in the 1928 Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act, which gave women equal voting rights to men. The women’s suffrage movement had many phases and made some women household names. However, hundreds of thousands of active campaigners are unknown to us today.