Suffragettes | Women recall their struggle to win the vote
CHANNEL | National Programme
FIRST BROADCAST | 09 February 1939
DURATION | 2 minutes 44 seconds
In this extract from a review of 1909, made 30 years later in 1939, we hear from the redoubtable Muriel Matters, who boarded an airship to drop leaflets over the Houses of Parliament.
Muriel Matters was born in Australia and was a professional actress before coming to England. She became involved with the suffragette movement and earned her spurs by chaining herself to a grille in the Ladies Gallery of the House of Commons. She later studied under Maria Montessori, the radical Italian educationalist, and returned to work at Sylvia Pankhurst's school in Bow, East London.
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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