Assess and discuss the social, cultural and legal frameworks that curtailed women’s rights in the nineteenth century and how these were being challenged by a selection of pioneering women.
Assess and discuss the origins of the women’s suffrage movement and why early attempts to extend the franchise failed.
Evaluate and discuss why (some) women received the vote in 1918, comparing different arguments and assessing key documents.
Assess the impact of the struggle for equality since the passage of the Representation of the People Act, comparing the responses of early women MPs and campaigners and wider movements.
Reflect upon and discuss the role of protest in effecting political change and how Suffragette militancy and the government’s response at the beginning of the 20th century would be classified today.
6th February 2018 marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, the piece of legislation which extended the vote to (some) women for the first time. 14th December 2018 marked the centenary of the first election in which women could then exercise their vote.
Discover how the vote was won, the nineteenth century background to the campaign and what happened next with Dr Claire Kennan from Royal Holloway and experts from the UK Parliament, The National Archives and the Women’s Library at the LSE.
The myth and reality of women’s experience of the nineteenth century through literature, art, work and the law;
The case studies of four pioneering women whose campaigns for issues other than the vote laid the foundation for the women’s suffrage campaign;
The movements and milestones in campaigning for votes for women;
The impact of the First World War and the passage of the 1918 Representation of the People Act;
The campaign for equality after 1918 and the impact of the first women MPs;
The relationship between protest and political change and how Suffragette militancy would be regarded today.
This course is intended for anyone with an interest in nineteenth or twentieth century history, the women’s suffrage campaign or the history of women’s rights. It does not require any reading before you start or previous experience of studying the subject.