Suffragettes | Women recall their struggle to win the vote
CHANNEL | National Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 March 1937
DURATION | 3 minutes 58 seconds
Vera Brittain (pictured above) briefly describes the restrictions she faced as a young girl in a provincial town before introducing the composer and suffragette leader Dame Ethel Smyth. Heralded by her composition 'The March of the Women', the suffragette anthem, Dame Ethel describes the famous window-smashing incident of March 1912. Nearly 200 women were arrested as a result of the action taken on this night and Dame Ethel herself was sentenced to two months in Holloway Prison.
Dame Ethel Smyth was a well-known composer when she took up the suffragette cause. During her time in Holloway she was visited by the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, who recalled watching her lean out of the window of her cell and use her toothbrush to conduct the suffragettes in the exercise yard as they sang 'The March of the Women'.
Dame Ethel Smyth remembers a window breaking campaign.
Memories of an aerial leafleting campaign.
Risking arrest to campaign for the tax-paying woman's vote.
The achievements of the suffragette leader are recalled by her daughter.
A suffragette and a photographer remember an eventful court case.
A reunion with medals and memories.
A schoolgirl suffragette.
A smashing time in Pall Mall.
Lilian Lenton explains the 'Cat and Mouse' Act.
Memories of a militant suffragette.
Remembering when Emily Davison leapt under the King's horse.
Driving Mrs Pankhurst.
Two eminent peers share their experiences of the suffrage movement.
Two veterans of the suffragette movement talk about the early days of the campaign.
Mrs Pankhurst's chief organiser shares her story.
Joan Bakewell meets a veteran suffragette.
Views of a working-class suffragette.
The story of the last surviving suffragette.
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