‘Votes for (Some) Women Now!’ The Road to Political Franchise in the Aftermath of War

  • Dalea BeanEmail author


This Chapter sheds light on the changes in official policy and law that occurred in the post-World War I era. The focus is mainly on the lobbying for political franchise for elite and middle-class women and the extent to which it was as a result of an altered perception of these women because of their wartime involvement. The chapter explores the campaign for the vote within the context of rigid class and race delineations in society and highlights the gender and class contradictions of the colonial society at this time. The chapter also goes beyond the passing of the legislation in 1919 to explore the unintended consequences of enfranchising some women after World War I.


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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesKingstonJamaica

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