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Suffragette Special

A hundred years on, Jenni Murray takes a look at the year 1913 and what it meant to the suffrage movement in the UK and abroad. Was Britain a nation 'under siege'?

A Year of Revolution
100 years on, Woman's Hour takes a look at the year 1913 and what it meant to the suffrage movement both in the UK and abroad. Jenni Murray is joined by a panel of experts, as they discuss why the year before World War broke out was a revolutionary one for the women's movement. Emmeline Pankhurst was in and out of prison, the Cat and Mouse Act was passed by Parliament, Irish Home Rule was being debated in the House of Commons, a huge suffragette rally was organized in Hyde Park in London, and World War I loomed on the horizon. The panel discuss whether the British nation was 'under siege' in 1913, and to what extent this affected and shaped the suffrage movement.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • 1913 - A Nation Under Siege?

    Was Britain ‘under siege’ in 1913, and how did this affect the suffrage movement?

    Duration: 13:23

  • Other Women Who Died For The Cause

    Emily Wilding Davison is the most famous suffragette to die, but who were the others?

    Duration: 08:44

  • A Suffragette In The Family

    Listeners whose relatives were suffragettes tell their stories

    Duration: 03:51

  • The PR Campaign: Pioneering Mass Marketing

    How the suffragettes were PR pioneers

    Duration: 07:40

  • Suffragettes Around The World

    We take a closer look at other countries and their journey towards suffrage in 1913

    Duration: 05:53

  • What Would You Fight For Today?

    The panel reflects on what they would fight for now as suffragettes in a modern world

    Duration: 02:05

1913: A Year of Revolution

100 years on, Woman’s Hour takes a look at the year 1913 and what it meant to the suffrage movement both in the UK and abroad. Jenni Murray is joined by a panel of experts, as they discuss why the year before World War broke out was a revolutionary one for the women’s movement. 

The Panel:

 

Dr Sonja Tiernan, Dept of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University

Prof Krista Cowman, Professor of History at Lincoln University

Dr Diane Atkinson, Suffragette Historian and Biographer

Dr Claire Eustance, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Greenwich   

Elizabeth Crawford, Suffrage Historian

Katy Archer, Director of People’s History Museum

1913 - A nation under siege?

Emmeline Pankhurst was in and out of prison, the Cat and Mouse Act was passed by Parliament, Irish Home Rule was being debated in the House of Commons, a huge suffragette rally was organised in Hyde Park in London, and World War I loomed on the horizon. The panel discuss whether the British nation was ‘under siege’ in 1913, and to what extent this affected and shaped the suffrage movement.

Other women who died for the cause

Emily Wilding Davison is the most famous suffragette to die after the famous incident at the Epsom Derby. But who were the other suffragettes who died for the cause, and why are they not remembered?

A Suffragette in the Family

Woman’s Hour listeners whose relatives were suffragettes tell their stories.

The PR Campaign: pioneering mass marketing

The panel discusses how the suffragettes were PR pioneers, and whether they were indeed the first movement to really understand the power of mass marketing.

Suffragettes Around the World

Whilst many British women won the right to vote in 1918 (though not all until 1928), other women around the world were in wildly different stages of their fight. We take a closer look at other countries and see at what point their journey was on, marching towards suffrage around the globe.

What Would You Fight For Today?

The panel reflects on what they would fight for now, as suffragettes in a modern world.

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Presenter Jenni Murray
Editor Alice Feinstein

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