Women Chainmakers: Timeline

Fair pay and equality time line activity for use in the main lesson. 

 Mary Macarthur speaking to a crowd during the 1910 Cradley Heath women chainmakers' strike

Women Chainmakers

If ever there was a moment in time to evaluate the progress made towards gender equality, that moment is now.

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1910Women Chainmakers’ Strike
1918Representation of the People Act, gave the parliamentary vote to some women (conditions applied: aged over 30 and meeting a property qualification).
1919Nancy Astor became the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons.
1928Women given the vote at the age of 21, property qualification removed (the same as men).
1929Margaret Bondfield became the first woman cabinet minister.
1975The Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act came into effect and Equal Opportunities Commission was established.
1983Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value, amendment passed to the Equal Pay Act.
1994Trade Union reform and Employment Rights Act guaranteed every working woman the right to maternity leave.
1997120 women won seats in the general election.
TodayGender pay gap still at 15%.
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