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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Suffrage Societies Database Guide

The database of suffrage campaigners features more than 40 different suffrage societies: from the well-known NUWSS and WSPU to smaller local organisations, trade affiliations and religious groups. Suffrage database researcher Tara Morton outlines the different societies in the guidance below, with simplified and detailed versions available for students and teachers....

Suffragette aliases

Women who were involved in suffrage campaigning sometimes used false names or aliases, occasionally to protect their families from unfair treatment by those opposed to women’s suffrage, but most often by law-breaking suffragettes wishing to evade the police and confuse the authorities. Several suffragette aliases were known to the police and...

Useful links and online resources

Below are some links to online resources which we found useful when putting together the database and other materials for this website. If you have any suggestions for additional resources, please email suffrage@history.org.uk.  Women and politics from the 15th to 19th centuries Women at the Polls in the 17th Century (History of...

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

When, as a researcher, I was asked to take part in the Historical Association’s new Women’s Suffrage Resources project for schools, and to populate the database for it, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t? I was presented with an opportunity to delve into the archives, reaching back in time...

Millicent Fawcett

Born: 1847 Died: 1929 Occupation: Women’s suffrage campaigner Claim to fame: Led the largest law-abiding suffrage society, the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) Millicent Garrett was born in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the younger sister to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. In 1867, Millicent married Henry Fawcett, a professor of political economy...

Mary Ann Rawle

Born: 1878    Died: 1964    Occupation: Cotton mill worker Claim to fame: She wrote a diary while in prison of her suffragist activities Mary Ann was born in Lancashire in 1878, becoming a cotton mill worker at the age of ten. In 1900, she married Francis Rawle, an iron turner, with...

Adelaide Knight

Born: 1871    Died: 1950?    Occupation: Working woman Claim to fame: She was a working-class campaigner with a physical disability Adelaide Knight came from a tough working-class background in Bethnal Green, London. Her father, a hairdresser and alcoholic, committed suicide when she was young and she suffered from an injury as...

Alice Hawkins

Born: 1863    Died: 1947    Occupation: Factory worker Claim to fame: Helped to establish the Leicester branch of the WSPU and was arrested five times Alice Riley was born into a working- class family in Staffordshire. She left school at13 to work in a shoe factory in Leicester. In 1882, she...