A guest post from UK Vote 100 volunteer Oonagh Gay to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the election of Nancy Astor. This November we are celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the election of Nancy Astor as the first woman … Continue reading Bessie Le Cras – counting agent for Nancy Astor
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?
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
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
Guest post by Catherine Cartwright In 2014, with at least half an eye on the fact that it was soon to be the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which granted the right to vote to at … Continue reading Women on the Walk
Guest post by Dr Julie V. Gottlieb (University of Sheffield) It is truly remarkable how so many organisations, institutions, media outlets and individuals have been coming together to mark the centenary of (partial) women’s suffrage. This promises to be a … Continue reading ‘Shy Women Tories’ in the History of Suffrage and Beyond
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
We are very pleased to be able to publish this piece of ‘lost’ history which brings to light the Wigan man, Thorley Smith (1873-1940), who was the first Parliamentary candidate to stand on a women’s suffrage ticket. Supported by the … Continue reading Wigan man stands for women!
Here at Vote 100 we’re really looking forward to all the great new books on women’s suffrage which are coming out for the centenary. We were delighted last year to reveal the cover image and extracts from ‘Things a Bright … Continue reading Exclusive! Extracts from ‘Rise Up, Women!’ by Diane Atkinson
Guest post by Chloe Bowerbank During my work as an intern for the Citizens project, working with the Vote 100 team in Parliament, I was leafing through the police records kept by Parliament from the time of militant suffragette action. … Continue reading ‘How Long Will It Go On?’ – Sylvia Pankhurst and the Hunger Strike