Victory of the Suffragettes
In Great Britain, the 'Women's Social and Political Union' was formed in 1903 and led by Emmeline Pankhurst. Through public protests, political demonstrations and hunger strikes, its members - the Suffragettes - campaigned for women's right to vote.
The 1918 Representation of the People Act, followed by the Equal Franchise Act ten years later, finally legitimised the Suffragettes' struggle in British parliament, legally granting the right for women to vote in the U.K from then onwards.
To mark the one hundredth year since this achievement, which led to further women's emancipation throughout the globe, we present here both historical and contemporary images from our archive - showing the legacy of women's suffrage not only in Great Britain but also around the world.