On Wednesday 6th February 1918 the Representation of the People Act fundamentally changed the political landscape of the United Kingdom. For the first time, women were able to vote.

But not all suffragettes welcomed the Act: in order to vote, a woman had to be over 30 years of age (men had to be just 21, or 19 if serving military personnel), and had to meet certain property qualifications.

In this public lecture, Emma Rees, Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, asks who the Act omitted, and why, and what the consequences of those omissions were for the suffragette movement and for surely its most vocal campaigners: the Pankhurst family.

Free, but booking required
Followed by a Q&A

This event has moved from the Garret Theatre to the Cinema (tickets showing the Garret are still valid)

Duration

Approx 60 mins

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