Cheney votes on most significant woman

Published: Monday, 3rd December 2018

The Rumble Museum at Cheney School is holding a day of celebration on 14 December to commemorate the first time that women were able to vote.

As part of the day students at the school, with the help of Oxford City Council, will recreate the 14 December 1918 General Election by holding a vote to select the "most significant woman in history" from a shortlist chosen by the school.  It was the first election in which women could vote, though only those over the age of 30. All men over 21 could vote for the first time; before this there was a property-owning qualification and only men who were rate payers could vote. The electorate increased from 8 million to 21 million.

The City Council will provide old-style metal ballot boxes, wooden voting booths and voting papers, and the Council's Electoral Services team will be there to make sure everything runs smoothly.

Cllr Susanna Pressel, who has led on the women's suffrage 100th anniversary for the City Council said: “This is a great way to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the 14 December 1918 General Election. 

"It is so important that everyone’s voice can be heard – female and male, young and old, poor and rich, black and white. I hope we can all be inspired by the example of the suffragettes and others who have fought for our right to have our voices heard, and by events such as this one at Cheney School.

"Many groups are still under-represented. We need more women, young people, people from under-privileged backgrounds and ethnic minorities to stand for our councils and our Parliament. Please speak to any of your councillors about how you can get your voice heard, what it’s like to be a councillor and how you might put yourself forward to stand for election.”

For more details visit the Rumble Museum website