Votes for Women

Suffrage and Citizenship


Badge worn by Francis Sheehy Skeffington and taken from his coat after his death in 1916 © National Museum of Ireland

20 July - 14 December 2018
Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

An exhibition curated by the National Museum of Ireland in Leinster House to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the parliamentary vote for women in Ireland.

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, which granted a limited form of suffrage to British and Irish women. For the first time, women over the age of 30 who owned property, were the wives of property owners, or were university graduates, could vote in parliamentary elections.

 
The year 2018 also marks 110 years since the founding of the Irish Women’s Franchise League, the first suffrage organisation in Ireland to use militant tactics in the struggle for the vote.
 
Following the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, and as a result of determined lobbying on the part of women’s groups, universal adult suffrage was granted, meaning that all men and women over the age of 21 could vote. The same rights were granted to British and Northern Irish women in 1928.

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Our conference Deeds Not Words? Assessing a Century of Change will take place at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks on 3rd November, addressing some of the themes arising from this exhibition.

How to Visit

How to Visit

Visitor information

Image Gallery

Image Gallery

Highlights from the exhibition

Exhibition Opening

Exhibition Opening

Photographs from the exhibition opening

Further Reading

Further Reading

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