Suffragettes | Women recall their struggle to win the vote

Late Night Line-Up | The Suffragettes

Two eminent peers share their experiences of the suffrage movement.

CHANNEL | BBC 2

FIRST BROADCAST | 01 February 1968

DURATION | 22 minutes 15 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1968

Synopsis

Joan Bakewell chairs a discussion on the struggle for women's franchise with Lady Asquith (Violet Bonham Carter) and Lady Stocks (Mary Danvers). Both are critical of the suffragettes, believing they became too militant, preferring instead the non-violent constitutional means of the suffragists. Lady Asquith is especially disapproving, since her father, Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith, was targeted by the suffragettes. Despite this, Lady Stocks speaks highly of Emmeline Pankhurst and was one of the few to have heard her speak.

Did you know?

The term 'suffragette' was first coined by 'The Daily Mail' to describe the more radical and militant elements of the women's suffrage movement. Initially intended as a term of disparagement, it was soon adopted as their preferred name by members of the movement.

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