Suffragettes | Women recall their struggle to win the vote

Lilian Lenton

Lilian Lenton explains the 'Cat and Mouse' Act.

CHANNEL | Unknown

FIRST BROADCAST | 01 January 1960

DURATION | 5 minutes 34 seconds

FIRSTBROADCAST

1960

Synopsis

As a prominent, militant member of the campaign for women's suffrage, Lilian Lenton gained a reputation as a skillful fugitive of the police. In this talk for BBC Radio, she outlines some of her adventures, including the time she evaded capture thanks to the help of 50 other women.

Did you know?

Lilian Lenton was interviewed again by the BBC in October 1961, on the subject of author D H Lawrence, who she met just prior to World War I. She had fled from the police and escaped to the Lake District. She was introduced to him as 'a man who's only got one subject, and that's sex'. She confessed during the interview that the only one of his works she had read since that meeting was the scandalous 'Lady Chatterley's Lover', though she noted 'it must have been an expurgated edition, because I don't remember anything special about it'.

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