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CLIP 7173

Suffragettes - the battle for the vote for women

Suffragettes - the battle for the vote for women

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Key Info
  • Suffragettes - the battle for the vote for women
  • Duration: 08:53
  • Rosalyn Ball presents an overview of the tactics used by the Suffragette movement, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, in their battle to gain the vote for women, focusing on the protests which took place in and around Westminster. Interviews from 1968 by women involved in the original movement describe why they were unsatisfied with the social conditions for women and how they became active members of the movement. The curator of the Palace of Westminster describes the direct action women took to disrupt parliament, culminating in up to 60,000 people attempting to 'rush' parliament and women chaining themselves to statues in the main lobby. Attention is also focussed on ‘Black Friday’, 1910 and the actions of Emily Wilding Davison. There is an evaluation of the successes of the movement in the 1918 Representation of the People Act and the 1928 Amendment Act and what was the most important reason for this success. This BBC News clip is published as part of BBC News Online and was first broadcast on 19 March 2009. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Industrial Relations from 1800s

  • Keywords: vote, Parliament, Suffragette, suffrage, Emmeline Pankhurst, protest, politics, equality, elections, women, citizenship, Representation of the People Act, Black Friday, Emily Wilding Davison, Emmeline Pankhurst, Direct Action
Ideas for use in class
  • Consider whether the tactics of the Suffragettes helped to improve their cause or to hinder it. Using the clip as a starting point, students could begin to make a list of the tactics used by the Suffragettes and later to evaluate the success of their methods.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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