Suffolk Day: Anderson and Fawcett: Suffolk Sisters, National Activists

Ref: C2226350

Growing up in Suffolk in the mid 19th century, Elizabeth and Millicent were encouraged to be interested in the issues of the day, and, unusually, to express their thoughts and opinions. Elizabeth had aspirations to enter medicine but early attempts to get into medical school were rejected. She had to leave the country to gain the qualifications to become a Doctor. Inspired by John Stuart Mill, Millicent focussed her energy on the struggle to improve women’s opportunities, particularly for higher education. She began leading a powerful, mass campaign to get women the vote and she is remembered as a significant figure in the Suffragist movement.This day school examines the circumstances of the sister's lives, their journey as 19th century pioneers; concluding by examining the impact of the sisters' contribution to women's empowerment, social justice and regional history.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience - open to all

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the life and work of Elizabeth Anderson and Millicent Fawcett; Suffolk sisters, Suffragettes & mid-19th century pioneers - their contribution to improving women’s opportunities, to social justice & to regional history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Demonstrate awareness of the sisters' background and understand the circumstances that led to their activism/pioneering work
  • Identify the challenges the sisters faced as they worked to change attitudes and expand opportunities for women
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the sisters' contribution to the region and to national issues of the day
  • Discuss the impact of their contribution to education and culture in the 19th century and their legacy today

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?

  • As a short taster session the focus is on discussion with the tutor responding to comments and questions from learners

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Suffolk Day: Anderson and Fawcett: Suffolk Sisters, National Activists


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