About the Women's Suffrage Project

The Women’s Suffrage Project looks at women at the hustings through the 17th and 18th centuries, to the growth of the suffrage movement in the 19th century and forward to contemporary democratic voices.

At the heart of the project is a database of approximately 3,000 individuals from around the UK who fought for women to get the vote, from the mid-19th through to the early 20th century. The database and accompanying resources bring to life the everyday women and men who campaigned for the right to vote – through both peaceful means and by using more militant methods.

These resources have been developed by the Historical Association and the Association for Citizenship Teaching with support from the Government Equalities Office and Cabinet Office.

Register now for updates on this exciting project, additional free resources and the opportunity to shape the future of this teaching area through your feedback as part of a special evaluation project. 

The database

The suffrage database includes biographical details of individuals from around the country who campaigned for women to get the vote, using data from the 1866 Women’s Suffrage Petition and the 1914 Home Office Amnesty - an index of suffragette arrests from 1906-1914, transcribed here for the first time.

The data allows students, teachers and researchers to discover more about their own localities and the broad socio-economic backgrounds of individuals that have represented their area. They can find out about particular families and connections, trades and occupations, campaigning activity, numbers of men and women actively involved with the suffrage movement, organisations that people belonged to and what roles they took on within those organisations.

Constructing the database: creation, inspiration and compromise in suffrage research

How to use the database

About the Historical Association

The Historical Association supports the teaching, learning and enjoyments of history at all levels, bringing together people who share an interest in and love for the past.

Founded in 1906 by a small group of history teachers and academic historians the purpose of the HA is to support teachers, to encourage the teaching and learning of history, the need to research and distribute ideas on the teaching of history and to represent the needs and interests of teachers of history to Government and other authorities with control over education. HA is the membership body for history teaching.

Its members include many thousands of history teachers and schools, academic historians, museum and heritage organisations, students of history of all ages and many individuals who just love history whether they studied it at school or college or came to enjoy the subject later in life.  The HA has over 45 local branches across the UK.

The HA provides a range of events and publications and reaches over 24,000 weekly through its communications.

Visit the Historical Association website 

About the Association for Citizenship Teaching

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) is the subject association for Citizenship representing teachers and others involved in Citizenship education.

Founded in 2001, ACT’s mission is to support the teaching of high quality citizenship education and to promote wider public understanding of the subject of citizenship. This is achieved through the provision of membership and education programmes that deliver expert subject advice; professional development, training and networking; research and strategic policy advice; and the production of effective teaching materials. In addition, ACT promotes research into the full and effective participation of citizens, especially young people, in society.

Visit the ACT website