1818 - Jeremy Bentham advocates female suffrage in his book "A Plan for Parliamentary Reform."

1832 - Great Reform Act - confirmed the exclusion of women from the electorate.

1847 - First leaflet advocating votes for women appears.

1864 - The first Contagious Disease Act is passed in England, which is intended to control venereal disease by having prostitutes and women believed to be prostitutes be locked away in hospitals for examination and treatment. When information broke to the general public about the shocking stories of male brutality and vice in these hospitals, Josephine Butler launched a campaign to get them repealed. Many have since argued that Butler's campaign destroyed the conspiracy of silence around sexuality and forced women to act in protection of others of their gender. In doing so, clear linkages emerge between the Suffrage movement and Butler's campaign.

1865 - John Stuart Mill elected as an MP showing direct support for women's suffrage.

1873 - Isabella Tod forms North of Ireland Womens Suffrage Society.

1876 - Anne Haslem established Dublin Womens Suffrage Association.

1889 - Women's Franchise League established.

1894 - Local Government Act (women who owned property could vote in local elections, become Poor Law Guardians, act on School Boards).

1896 - Isabella Tod dies.

1897 - NUWSS formed (led by Millicent Fawcett).

1903 - WSPU is formed in England (led by Emmeline Pankhurst).

1904 - Militancy begins. Emmeline Pankhurst interrupts a Liberal Party meeting 1907 - NUWSS "Mud March (Suffragists)" - largest open air demonstration ever held (at that point)- over 3000 women took part In this year, women were admitted to the register to vote in and stand for election to, principal local authorities.

1908 - in November of this year, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, a member of the small municipal borough of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, was selected as mayor of that town, the first woman so to serve.

1909 - Marion Wallace Dunlop went on the first hunger strike - was released after 91 hours of fasting. Force feeding introduced to hunger strikers in English prisons.
North of Ireland Women's Suffrage Society changed its name to the Irish Women's Suffrage Society.
1911 - Irish Women's Suffrage Federation (IWSF) founded
IWSS members arrested during protests in London.

1912 - First recorded militant act by Irish suffragists.
George Lansbury, Labour MP, resigned his seat in support of women's suffrage.

1913 - David Lloyd George's house burned down by WSPU (he had previously supported the movement in private - but it wasn't until after the war he could justify his support for votes for women).
IWSF members address crowd in Hyde Park, London
Cat and Mouse Act passed, allowing hunger-striking prisoners to be released when their health was threatened and then re-arrested when they had recovered.
Emily Davison walked in front of, and was subsequently trampled and killed by, the King's Horse at the Epsom Derby.
Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) founded in Belfast.

1914 - Mary Richardson slashed the Rokeby Venus [5] painted by Diego Velazquez in the National Gallery with an axe, protesting that she was maiming a beautiful woman just as the government was maiming Emmeline Pankhurst with force feeding.
WPSU militant campaign in Belfast begins.
IWSS disbanded.
First World War declared in Britain.

1918 - The Representation of the People Act of 1918 enfranchised all women over the age of 30.

1928 - Women received the vote on equal terms as men (over the age of 21) as a result of the Representation of the People Act 1928.