The Story of Women's Rights

Ref: C2337945

What are my rights as a woman living in the UK today? What is the history of those rights and how do I make sure that I am exercising my rights? In this course we will discuss the story of how women came to acquire rights over their bodies, minds and labour through their own struggle and perseverance over generations.

Course aim

To help women to know and understand their social, economic, and legal rights in the UK.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone interested in women's rights. No prior knowledge is required or assumed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness and some knowledge of key moments in the history of women's rights in the UK.
  • describe some obstacles to gaining specific rights and how these rights are actively maintained.
  • explain how women gained rights to vote and to be seen as equal citizens
  • describe how women gained rights over their children
  • evaluate how women continue to struggle for rights to equal pay.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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The Story of Women's Rights

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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