to vote in 1918 and 21-year olds (the age of male suffrage) followed in 1928.
But women’s suffrage was not the breakthrough which it might at first appear.
It had been hoped, and even assumed, that once women were given a political
voice many other benefits would automatically follow. With politicians now
accountable to women and seeking their votes, surely they would begin to
listen to demands for further concessions. Furthermore, the movement had
been almost exclusively middle class in character. There was little interest in
the plightofwomen in
justice system of the things that matter to women and at the shocking level of unmet need. Yet the compelling body of research which has accumulated over many years consistently points to remedies. Much of this research was commissioned by government. There can be few topics that have been so exhaustively researched to such little practical effect as the plightofwomen in the criminal justice system. ( 2007 : 16)
A decade later, however, little has changed for women who are at risk of entering or returning to the criminal justice system. At this House of Lords’ event