Posts tagged with 'suffragettes'
6 February 2018 by Charlotte
Today marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918. This law allowed some women to vote for the first time, but it only applied to women over the age of 30 who had property rights or a university education. The Act also enabled all men over the age of 21 to vote for the first time too.
The campaign for women’s suffrage, or the right to vote, began to gain momentum in the mid 19th century. The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded in 1903 by former members of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) frustrated by the campaign’s slow progress. Led by Christine Pankhurst, the WSPU sought to attract attention to their cause in new ways. Their motto was ‘Deeds, not words’ and their actions became increasingly disruptive and violent in the years that followed. They committed acts of arson, damaged public buildings and even planted bombs, while others targeted famous works of art in public galleries and museums. Read more…
2 March 2016 by Sarah
Our ‘Women on The Waterfront’ weekend on 5 and 6 of March will showcase local women’s achievements from the past and present, ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March.
From suffragette performances to roller derby demonstrations, the weekend will include many special events. Enjoy talks, family friendly craft sessions and information stands that celebrate the achievements of women.
The film Suffragette, released on 12 October 2015, tells the story of the women who fought for equality and the right to vote a century ago. If you are interested in the local campaign to give women the right to vote you should visit our display, Taking liberties – women’s suffrage in Liverpool. The display was created in partnership with the 1918 Club, a local discussion forum for women established in 1918 by Eleanor Rathbone, a prominent politician and campaigner.
1918 is a significant year for many reasons, but particularly as this was the year that the campaign to give women the right to vote gained success with the Representation of the People Act, which gave the vote to tax-paying women over the age of 30.
Many prominent Liverpool people fought for this basic right. Read more…