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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Princess Sophia Duleep Singh

Born: 1876 Died: 1948 Occupation: socialite, nurse and campaigner Claims to fame: involvement in ‘Black Friday’, high social class and background, tendency towards militant activity Her background Sophia’s father was the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire in India and she was born a princess. British rule in India meant...

Laurence Housman

Born: 1865 Died: 1959 Occupation: artist and writer Claims to fame: originated the idea of the 1911 census boycott Early life Laurence Housman was born in Bromsgrove, in a middle-class family. He was close to his sister, Clemence. In 1909, Laurence and Clemence helped to found the Suffrage Atelier (SA)....

The Priestman sisters

Anna 1828–1914; Mary 1830–1914 Occupation: social campaigners Claims to fame: formed the WLA in Bristol In the north-east of England Sisters Anna and Mary Priestman were born in Newcastle. Their family were Quakers and active in social reform, such as anti-slavery movements. As girls, they helped their mother by sewing...

Minnie Baldock

Born: 1864 Died: 1954 Occupation: factory worker, mother, campaigner Claims to fame: founded the first London Branch of the WSPU Her background Minnie Rogers was born into a poor family in Bow, East London. She worked in the hard conditions of a factory from a young age to support herself....

Elizabeth Wolstenholme-Elmy

Born: 1833 Died: 1918 Occupation: teacher and reformer Claims to fame: key campaigner, Married Women’s Property Act 1882 Her background Elizabeth was born in Manchester. She left school aged 16 and worked as a governess, then set up a girls’ school. She became a passionate advocate for girls’ education. In...

Parliament and the Suffrage Movement

The problem facing all the campaigns for women’s suffrage was that they couldn’t make the all-male members of Parliament give them the vote; they had to persuade them that it was the right thing to do. 1. Contemporary attitudes towards women One fundamental difficulty that the campaigners had to overcome...

Politics and Democracy in late 18th Century England

In this podcast, Professor Arthur Burns of Kings College London discusses politics and democracy in late 18th-century England.  The podcast starts by looking at what elections were about in late 18th-century England and how different this is from elections today - in particular, the focus then on representation and legislation at the...

Men in the Suffrage Movement

In this podcast Dr Claire Eustance of Greenwich University discusses some of the men who were involved in the Suffrage movement, starting with the radical liberal MP John Stuart Mill. The podcast looks at the many men who actively espoused the cause of women's suffrage, including the husbands and siblings of famous suffragists and suffragettes. It considers...

The Women's Freedom League

In this podcast Dr Claire Eustance of Greenwich Unversity looks at the Women's Freedom League, which was formed in 1907 by 77 members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The Women's Freedom League had a wider feminist agenda that looked towards life beyond enfranchisement.  The podcast explores who the Women's Freedon League were and why they...

Interview with Baroness Garden

In July 2018, students at Hamilton Academy in Leicestershire interviewed Baroness Garden of Frognal, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, on the issue of progress towards equality for women and women in politics. The whole interview is shown below, as well as each individual question. The interview is used as...