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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Selina Cooper

Born: 1864 Died: 1946 Occupation: Mill worker and magistrate, suffrage campaigner Claim to fame: Selina was a prominent working class campaigner in the women’s suffrage movement, particularly through her involvement with textile workers. She was later sponsored by Women Against War and Fascism in 1934 to visit Germany and report...

Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon

Born: 1827  Died: 1891  Occupation: Artist Claim to fame: She helped to change the law for women who were married to keep their own property and belongings. Background Barbara Leigh Smith was one of the early advocates for women’s rights. She was the daughter of the radical Liberal MP Benjamin...

Vera 'Jack' Holme

Born: 1881 Died: 1969 Occupation: Actor Claim to fame: Vera was an actor known for playing with gender identities; she was a lesbian and performed in cross-dress. She was also known for being the Pankhursts’ chauffeur. Background Vera was born in Lancashire and her father was a timber merchant. She...

Alice Schofield

Born: 1881 Died: 1975 Occupation: Teacher of Mathematics Claim to fame: Middlesbrough’s first female councillor. Background Alice was born in Cleveland but her parents were poor and sent her to Manchester to be brought up by her aunt and uncle. She became a mathematics teacher and, while supporting a friend...

Victor Duval

Born: 1885 Died: 1945 Claim to fame: He founded the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement (MPU). Background Victor belonged to a middle-class family, and his father was a German immigrant. The whole family were supporters of women’s rights; his mother and his aunt were members of the Jewish League...