Women 1918-79

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What did the Representation of the People's Act of 1918 do?
Enabled women aged 30 and over the right to vote.
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What did the Sexual Disqualification (Removal) Act do?
It gave women the right to be jurors, magistrates, barristers and high ranking civil servants and to graduate from Cambridge and Oxford
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When was the first Marie Stopes family planning clinics open?
1921
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What did the Married Women's maintenance Act do 1922?
Allowed women 40 shillings, plus 10 for each child.
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What did the Bastardy Act 1923 do?
Increased maintenance payments to single mothers
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What did the Guardianship of Infants Act 1925 do?
Gave mothers same custody rights as Fathers
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What did the Widows, Orphans and Old Age Contributory Pensions Act 1925 do?
Gave widows of insured men a pension
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What happened in 1928?
Universal suffrage for men and women aged 21 and over on equal terms.
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What did the Matrimonial Causes Act 1937 do?
Allowed women to obtain divorce for husband's desertion or insanity.
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What did the 1945 Family Allowance Act do?
Introduced grants for children
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When did the contraceptive pill go on sale?
1961
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What did the 1967 Abortion Act do?
Allowed abortion during first 28 weeks of pregnancy
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What did the 1969 Divorce Act do?
Allowed divorce to be granted after two years of separation if both parties want it and after five years if one party want it.
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What did the 1970 Equal Pay Act do?
Prohibits different pay or working conditions according to Gender
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What did the Matrimonial Property Act 1970 do?
It took in to account work women do in the home to ensure fair division of wealth in divorce.
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What did the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1973 do?
Gives five causes as grounds for divorce and sets rules about child maintenance and other payments.
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What did the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 do?
Established Equal Opportunities Commission to enforce equal pay
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How did the number of female MPs change between 1918 and 1939?
1922- 5. 1923- 8. 1924- 4. 1931- 15. 1935- 9
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How many women were in the House of Commons in 1945 and 1955?
24/630. In 1974, there were 23/635.
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How did trade union membership change?
2.6m to 3.8 million between 1970 and 1979.
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Family life and Work?
4.8m women worked in munitions 1918. Restoration of Pre-War Practices Act- women had to go home. The number of women in work went from 25% (1951) to 33% (1961) to 50% (1971) to 66% (1990)
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Children and Marriage
10/1000 divorces by 1976. 40 deaths and 100,000 injuries in back street abortions in 1966.
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Role models for greater personal freedom
First permanent news anchor- Angela Rippon in 1975. The growth of soaps such as Corrie offered more assertive female role models.
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