Britain will consider pardons for suffragettes convicted during the struggle for women’s right to vote, the interior minister said Tuesday, a century to the day since some female voters won the right to go to the polls.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she would “take a look at” the cases of women who were prosecuted during the pro-suffrage campaign more than 100 years ago.
Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which extended voting rights to all British men aged 21 and up, and to millions of women over 30. British women did not get the same voting rights as men until 1928. Suffragettes used public protests, civil disobedience and occasionally violence in their campaign for women’s votes.