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Warwickshire's suffrage history to be told across the region in 2018

  • Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote, a talk by Dr Sarah Richardson of the University of Warwick's Department of History, will be presented across in the region in 2018.
  • For more details on tickets etc. please email: a dot t dot frew at warwick dot ac dot uk.

One hundred years ago thousands of people were on the march to get the vote for women. Although the focus of the women’s suffrage movement is often on London and on major figures such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison, these talks by leading political historian, Dr Sarah Richardson, Associate Professor in the University of Warwick's Department of History, will uncover the unsung and unknown activists from the largely rural county of Warwickshire.

A suffrage march through Stratford on Avon in 1911

Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote will provide the opportunity to find out about some of the fascinating characters and their stories as women struggled against the political establishment to win the argument for female enfranchisement: the titled Tory landowner; the lesbian ambulance driver; the bluestocking lecturer, historian and playwright; the first woman to be force fed in Winson Green Gaol; and the radical suffragette who defaced old masters in the Birmingham Art Gallery. The women used a wide range of tactics such as boycotting the 1911 census, challenging voter registration, petitioning, holding bazaars and garden parties and more militant methods such as mass rallies, stone throwing and vandalism.

Professor Richardson will be speaking at the following:

  • February 18th - Friends of London Rd Cemetery, Coventry: Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote
  • March 1st - Market Hall Museum, Warwick: Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote
  • March 8th - Bishops Itchington: Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote
  • May 29th- Stoneleigh History Society: Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote
  • September 26th - Nottingham Historical Association: Midlands Women and the Fight for the Vote
  • December 3rd - Mid-Warwickshire National Trust: : Warwickshire Women and the Fight for the Vote

25 January 2018

Contact:

Tom Frew - Senior Press and Media Relations Manager:

E: a dot t dot frew at warwick dot ac dot uk

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