Edwardian Britain: Votes for women – Suffragists and Suffragettes (Lecture Hour)

Ref: C2344441

Campaigns to secure the parliamentary vote for women intensified in the later 19th century, conducted on a peaceful and constitutional basis but without achieving their objectives. They continued into the Edwardian period, but a more militant approach was seen from 1903 with the formation of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), commonly known as the suffragettes, and typified by its motto ‘Deeds not Words’. After a brief review of its predecessors, this lecture will consider its tactics, how and why these changed over time, and how successful they proved. It will also demonstrate the considerable contribution of working class members of the WSPU, particularly in the North of England and the Midlands.

Course aim

This lecture will focus on the militant approach to votes for women taken by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) - the suffragettes - from 1903, and how far it succeeded in achieving its objectives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Compare the tactics of non-militants suffragists with those of the suffragettes, and assess the argument that the latter were akin to 'terrorists'.
  • Explain what the suffragists and suffragettes hoped to achieve by extending the parliamentary vote to women.
  • Develop your skills of critical analysis of historical evidence.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • 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?

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Edwardian Britain: Votes for women – Suffragists and Suffragettes (Lecture Hour)

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