Celebrating 100 Years of Votes for Women

The suffrage movement in Northern Ireland began early under Isabella Tod (1836-1896). She went on to establish the Ladies’ Institute to promote women’s educationin 1867 and founded the North of Ireland Women’s Suffrage Society (NIWSS) in 1871. The group attracted over 500 women at each of their meetings.
Bangor Railway Station became a target in April 1914. In an action that surprised even local
suffragette circles, a lit candle was left to burn in a wooden box containing flammable items.
Various pro-suffrage messages were also left declaring: “Deeds, not drill, for Suffragettes” and
“a message to Carson from a fighter for liberty”.

Following the outbreak of the Great War in August 1914, most suffragettes placed a halt on their militant campaign. Even so, women over 30 finally earned the right to vote on the 6th February 1918. This dropped to the age of 21 (in line with men at that time) in 1928.