Got out the vote

More than 200 women elected to Parliament in U.K. vote, shattering record

Liberal Democrat politician Christine Jardine (L) celebrates with Alex Cole - Hamilton after she wins her seat of Edinburgh West at the Meadowbank Sports Centre counting centre in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 9, 2017, hours after the polls closed in the British general election. (LESLEY MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The early election called by British Prime Minister Theresa May backfired politically for her, but for women at large, Thursday’s vote yielded an historic outcome. More than 200 women were elected to the House of Commons, eclipsing the 191 who were elected back in the 2015 vote, and exceed the 196 women MPs who had been elected during the course of the last Parliament, according to The Telegraph. Liberal Democrat Christine Jardine from Scotland, who is pro-E.U. and pictured above, is one of the newly-elected women MPs. The graphic below shows how women’s participation in government has continuously increased over the last century.

Women really got out the vote. The total number of women MPs now stands at 201 — a far cry from 99 years ago when Constance Markievicz became the first woman elected as an MP. She ran after passage of the Parliament Qualification of Women Act in 1918, which changed history by allowing women to run as candidates for the House of Commons, but she never actually took her seat. The following year, Nancy Astor became the first woman to take a seat in the House of Commons after winning one that had become vacant.

The historic number of women elected on Thursday was celebrated around the world on social media by those who used the #cracktheceiling hashtag.

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

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