In 1866, a number of women took a petition, signed by 1,500 women and asking for the vote, to Parliament, where two of the handful of pro-vote MPs presented it. In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU). The ‘Suffragettes’, as they came to be called, were much more militant. They held mass-meetings, sent deputation to 10 Downing Street, interrupted from the Ladies Gallery during debates in the House of Commons and - eventually - burned, bombed and smashed to try to get the vote. In 1918, a coalition government passed the Representation of the People Act 1918, enfranchising all men, as well as all women over the age of 30 who met minimum property qualifications. In 1928, the Conservative government passed the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act giving the vote to all women over the age of 21 on equal terms with men.