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Ruby Hunter

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Ruby Hunter, Researcher

3rd Year History and Philosophy Student

Meet the rest of the team:

Ann Premkumar

Emma Radley

Shai Mitchell

why this project?

open speech marksI took interest in studying the history of feminism during my final year at University. The module Feminism, Politics, and Social Change in Modern Britain began my interest in this topic. Being able to pursue this further in an archive project has hugely impacted the way in which I understand the history of feminist activism, particularly by looking into the lesser-known experiences of working-class suffragettes. I have enjoyed being challenged by the seeming lack of resources regarding the stories of these suffragettes and being able to make them visible to others.closed speech marks

about my role

open speech marksDuring the project, my main focus has been on researching primary and secondary material. Using secondary literature has helped me find different sources to find information on working-class suffragettes, particularly ones I would not have thought of before such as the British Medical Journal, Parliamentary Hansards, and Old Bailey trial records. Following this, I have searched for names and information on working-class suffragettes and relevant images where possible. Doing this, my focus has been to construct detailed lines of events of working-class suffragettes which are engaging and meaningful to readers.closed speech marks

open speech marks I have immensely enjoyed the challenges this project brings to a researcher of history. Finding a working-class suffragette and piecing together their story is very rewarding. I have also enjoyed searching for nuanced and creative platforms to find images of suffragettes, such as secret Criminal Record Office images, which are photographs taken of suffragettes while in prison to identify them more easily in future militant events. I am also looking forward to which directions this project will take, becoming a lasting historical resource for staff and students interested in this topic.closed speech marks