2018 marks 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act came into force in Britain and Ireland, providing some women a vote in parliamentary elections for the first time. This reform to the electoral system laid the foundations for Jersey's own Franchise Bill, passed in 1919, enabling women to vote on the Island for the first time. Six stamps and a Miniature Sheet, document some of the landmark events in the campaign for women's suffrage, leading up to and including electoral reform in both the United Kingdom and Jersey. The designs show key moments in the history of women's suffrage displayed on placards and banners held by women and typically associated with the suffrage movement.
50p - 1897 - NUWSS formed - “National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies”
65p - 1903 - WSPU formed - “Deeds not Words”
76p - 1914 The Great War - “Women's War Work”
82p - 1918 Right to Vote - “Votes for Women”
94p - 1919 Franchise Bill - “First Vote for Women in Jersey”
£1.12 - 1919 Astor Takes Seat - “First Female MP in Parliament”
£2 Miniature Sheet - The Women's Jersey Political Union (WJPU) was established in 1923 to obtain full and political rights for women in Jersey. The inaugural meeting of the WJPU took place on Monday, April 9th 1923, in the Island's capital of St Helier. According to the WJPU's minute book this was 'to introduce to the public the Women's Jersey Political Union'.