Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8TH
Professor Emma Rees will explore in her talk the road to 1918 Representation of the People Act & the consequences of the Act for the suffragette movement. She will also reveal surprising continuities between the struggles of the past & today's world. PRE-BOOKING RECOMMENDED
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.
This talk will explore who the Representation of the People Act omitted, and why. Professor Rees's talk maps the road to 1918 and asks what the consequences of the Act were for the suffragette movement and for surely its most vocal campaigners: the Pankhurst family. She also reveals some at times surprising continuities between the suffragettes’ struggle and the political world today, as well as identifying some local suffragette heroes.
Emma Rees is professor of literature and gender studies at the University of Chester, UK, where she is Director of the Institute of Gender Studies. In 2013 her second book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History was published, and a revised, paperback edition came out in 2015. She has published widely in the field of gender and representation, was the inaugural Political Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s Library in Wales. Emma is currently working on her third book, tentatively called That is a Feminist Issue, looking at modern feminism’s fractures.
● Saturday 15 September: 1500-1600
Whilst booking it not essential, it is highly recommended. Priority will be given to those who have pre-booked.
Max 80 people per tour/session. 45 minute talk with opportunity for audience Q&A.