Women and Wales: Achieving Political Power

Our first post of 2019 is a guest post by Oonagh Gay, UK Vote 100 volunteer Inspirational women of Wales A couple of years ago a task force called Monumental Welsh Women  came together, and in May 2018 assisted  the Welsh Women’s Equality Network to draw up a list of 100 historical Welsh women who epitomised and illustrated the achievements, talents and successes of Welsh women over the years. They announced a campaign to establish a new statue of an inspirational Welsh woman, sponsored by the Welsh Government. The campaign highlighted the lack of available images in Wales of women … Continue reading Women and Wales: Achieving Political Power

Ancient Suffragettes?

Guest post by Professor Barbara Goff What can students of ancient Greece and Rome do to mark the centenary of some British women obtaining the vote?  Surely ancient history had nothing to do with the struggles for suffrage?  In fact, as an exhibition in the Classics Department of the University of Reading currently shows, the movement for women’s suffrage looked to ancient history for examples, inspiration, and even humour.  The suffrage magazines Votes for Women and Common Cause regularly featured articles, creative writing, and cartoons that drew on the literature and history of ancient Greece and Rome.  Suffrage agitators included … Continue reading Ancient Suffragettes?

A Peep Into the Future: Imagining the suffrage victory in 1910

Back in 1910, a woman imagined what winning the vote might look like. We’re very pleased to publish this guest post by Krista Cowman discussing ‘A Peep into the Future’, 108 years after its publication on 25 March 1910. Guest post by Professor Krista Cowman February 6 2018 marked a hundred years since the Representation of the People Act first gave some British women a parliamentary vote.  Discussions about how best to mark this centenary are currently hard to avoid in modern media but are not solely the preoccupation of the millennials who are now looking back.  Barely a century … Continue reading A Peep Into the Future: Imagining the suffrage victory in 1910

Deborah Clair – Emily Wilding Davison

‘A Necessary Woman’ – bringing Emily Wilding Davison back to Parliament

Continuing our occasional series of guest posts on suffrage and the theatre, we’re delighted to publish this piece by Deborah Clair and Philippa Urquhart on their exciting new play about Emily Wilding Davison in Parliament. Deborah Clair – Emily Wilding … Continue reading ‘A Necessary Woman’ – bringing Emily Wilding Davison back to Parliament

Happy Birthday Alice Hawkins – working class suffragette, equalities campaigner and activist

Statue of Alice Hawkins by Sean Hedges-Quinn, unveiling in Leicester, 4 February 2018  We were delighted to announce in February that the Alice Hawkins collection will be shown for the first time ever on public display in our ‘Voice and … Continue reading Happy Birthday Alice Hawkins – working class suffragette, equalities campaigner and activist

Parliamentary Art Collection, Reference Collection

Domestic Servant raids Parliament: The Case of Charlotte Griffiths – Suffragette and Working Woman

In February 1908, the ‘Pantechnicon Raid’ took place on the Houses of Parliament, when suffragettes were delivered to the front door in Pantechnicons, or furniture vans. To mark this 110 years on, we are pleased to publish this guest post … Continue reading Domestic Servant raids Parliament: The Case of Charlotte Griffiths – Suffragette and Working Woman

Ladies Allowed! How women were banned from Central Lobby, and re-admitted 100 years ago

Guest post by Robin Fell In February 1918, The Pall Mall Gazette prominently displayed an item under the headline, LADIES AND THE LOBBY – OLD CONDITIONS TO BE RESTORED. This tells us that, ‘The Speaker announced that he had given instruction that in future ladies, accompanied by members, would be admitted to the Central Lobby, from which they were excluded owing to exceptional circumstances.’  Central Lobby is at the heart of Parliament, midway between the House of Commons and House of Lords: a meeting place for Parliamentarians, and a place for MPs to meet their constituents. So, when and how were … Continue reading Ladies Allowed! How women were banned from Central Lobby, and re-admitted 100 years ago