This statute is sometimes known informally as the Fifth Reform Act or the Equal Suffrage Act.
The act was passed by the Conservative Party without much opposition from other parties.
The bill became law on 2 July 1928, having been introduced in March. The leader of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies who had campaigned for the vote, Millicent Fawcett, was still alive and attended the parliament session to see the vote take place. She wrote in her diary the same night "It is almost exactly 61 years ago since I heard John Stuart Mill introduce his suffrage amendment to the Reform Bill on 20 May 1867. So I have had extraordinary good luck in having seen the struggle from the beginning."
On 5 August 1928 Millicent Fawcett obtained a letter from the prime minister Stanley Baldwin. He points out, that even though there were obstacles in passing the bill, he always believed it will be ratified in "in the simple and complete form it ultimately assumed". He finishes the letter by expressing a hope that equal vote would be beneficial for the country and it would serve for the greater good in England.
The Act added five million more women to the electoral roll and had the effect of making women a majority, 52.7%, of the electorate in the 1929 general election.