Suffragettes Forever! The Story Of Women And Power

Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power

Confirmed for BBC Two on 25 February at 8pm to 9pm

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Wednesday 25 February



Historian Amanda Vickery uncovers Britain’s longest war, the 300 year-long campaign by women for political and sex equality in Britain, revealing the largely forgotten heroines (and a few heroes) who fought for the cause.

The series begins by considering the legal, social and political oppression that women suffered in the years before the Suffragette campaign began. From torturous implements designed to stop an ‘unruly’ woman from speaking in public, to the lack of legal claim a wife would have over her own children, property or wealth; this episode paints a clear picture of the reality for women pre-feminism. Paving the way for the Suffragettes, Vickery will then reveal the key characters of the 18th and 19th centuries who made fundamental steps in the long journey towards a society that can recognise women in equal standing to men, including authors Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More who advocated women’s right to an education. Vickery also considers the role of women in other political movements, such as the abolition of slave trade, the Great Reform Act and the Peterloo Massacre, and what this visibility on the political stage did for the feminist movement.