Resources

Access a variety of podcasts, film, articles and case studies of suffrage campaigners to support subject knowledge for both teachers and students, covering the history of women at the hustings from the 17th century right up to questions of citizenship and equality today. There are also a number of fully resourced history enquiries and citizenship activities in the Activities section.

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Born: 1836 Died: 1917 Occupation: doctor Claims to fame: first female doctor to qualify in the UK; also town mayor of Aldeburgh – the first female town mayor in England Becoming a doctor Elizabeth Garrett was born in London and later lived in Suffolk. She had several siblings, one of...

Women in Politics 1800 to 1866

In this podcast, Dr Sarah Richardson of the University of Warwick discusses women in politics in the 19th century.  The overall theme is politics and women’s exercise of power before the franchise, focusing on activities in the early to mid-19th century leading up to the 1866 suffrage petition and the...

Women and Politics in the 17th Century

In this podcast Edward Vallance, Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture at the University of Roehampton, discusses women and politics in the 17th century.  The podcast starts by looking at the general view during the Early Modern period that women's sphere should be limited to the home, owing to beliefs about the difference between men's and women's nature and physiology. It...

Parliament and the Suffrage Campaign

In this podcast Dr Mari Takayangi, Senior Archivist at the UK Parliamentary Archives, looks at parliament and the suffrage campaign, from the first women's suffrage petition in 1866 through to the end of the First World War. The podcast begins by looking at what we we mean by petitioning parliament, and at the events...

Elizabeth Crawford on the Women's Suffrage Campaign

In this podcast Elizabeth Crawford, researcher and author of a number of books on the women’s suffrage movement, discusses the suffrage campaign from its beginnings in the 1860s. The podcast starts by looking at why it's important to remember the women’s suffrage campaign, and at the campaign's slow beginnings in 1866 with the...

Working Class Women in the Suffrage Movement

In this podcast suffrage historian Dr Jill Liddington discusses the too-often forgotten working-class women in the Suffrage movement. The podcast starts by highlighting the obstacles faced by working-class women seeking to join the campaign for women's suffrage, and yet at how many did join the movement nonetheless. Dr Liddington then looks at the significant contribution working-class women made to the...

Lilian Lenton

Born: 1891 Died: 1972 Occupation: social campaigner Claims to fame: one of the most famous women pursued by the police as a suffragette, with wanted posters of her Her background Lilian grew up in Leicester and trained as a professional dancer. She was inspired to join the WSPU after hearing...

Sarah Parker Remond

Born: 1824 Died: 1894 Occupation: lecturer and doctor Claims to fame: she was an abolitionist and a suffragist Her background Sarah was born in Salem, Massachusetts in the USA into a family of successful businesspeople, entrepreneurs and anti-slavery campaigners. Despite being born free, her parents had experienced racism and were...

Isa Craig Knox

Born: 1831 Died: 1903 Occupation: journalist and writer Claims to fame: one of the early female writers on a newspaper Her background Isa was born in Edinburgh, the only child of John Craig, a glove-maker who died when she was young. She left school aged ten, probably to find work...

Rosa May Billinghurst

Born: 1875 Died: 1953 Occupation: social campaigner Claims to fame: used her wheelchair to distribute leaflets and parade the WSPU colours Her background May (as she preferred to be called) was from Lewisham in London and joined the WSPU in 1907. She had polio as a child, leaving her partially...