The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 granted equal voting rights to men and women over the age of 21. This was the result of many people campaigning for voting equality over many years. The first petition to Parliament asking for votes for women was presented to the House of Commons on 3 August 1832.
Events didn’t have to be a tea party, just an event or activity that brought people together to discuss equality. Tea parties do though have a long tradition as part of the campaign for equal votes.
Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning. They were excellent spaces to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.
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