One hundred years ago, the Representation of the People Act 1918 was passed, allowing female landowners over 30 the right to vote in UK parliamentary elections for the first time. It would be a further ten years before all women over the age of 18 were given their right to vote, but the passing of this Act of Parliament marked a landmark moment in history and a huge victory for the Suffragettes and democracy.  Here’s a whistle stop tour of some key moments in the past century. Via the medium of mugs, of course!


Votes for Women Mug by Loveigloo LI01

Back where it all began, this design from LoveIgloo is based on a vintage banner from the women’s suffrage movement. The message is simple and clear, but it took decades of campaigning for the Suffragettes to eventually gain their right to vote.


History Timeline Mug by Picturemaps PD15
It wasn’t until 1928 that all women over the age of 18 were given the right to vote. The passing of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 was a seismic shift in British politics. It’s only fitting it’s highlighted in this History Timeline mug, alongside other massive moments in history such as the Big Bang and age of the dinosaurs.


The 1960s Mug by Picturemaps PD43
The ’60s were a time of social, political and cultural change. They may best be remembered for The Beatles, Mod fashion, Flower Power and the moon landing, but they also marked another historic moment for women. In the summer of 1968, female workers at the Ford factory in London went on strike.  The dispute was over equal pay, and would eventually lead to the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970.


Prime Ministers Mug by Picturemaps PD30
Fast forward a few years to 1979. The Conservatives had won the UK general election and, as leader of the party, Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister in British history. It would be almost 40 years before Theresa May followed in her footsteps. Brush up on British Prime Ministers throughout history with this mug.


Famous Scots Mug by Picturemaps PD46

North of the border, Nicola Sturgeon became leader of the Sottish Nationalist Party and First Minister in 2014. The first woman to hold either position, she features in this Famous Scots mug. Other famous faces include Mary Queen of Scots, Flora McDonald, Janet Keiller and Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Women Who Changed The World Mug by Picturemaps PD54
From secret agents, scientists and suffragettes, to politicians, presidents and palaeontologists, this amazingly detailed design celebrates women who have made a significant impact on the world, from Ancient Egypt through to present day. New for 2018. Available soon.