Main content

Votes for Women

Andrew Marr discusses the Suffragettes and political protest with historian Jane Robinson, political theorist Christopher Finlay, artist Peter Kennard and poet Fiona Sampson.

British women first got the vote a century ago this year. The social historian Jane Robinson tells Andrew Marr the suffrage movement is known for the actions of its militant wing and their call for 'deeds not words'. But thousands of ordinary women, known as suffragists, campaigned successfully to have their voices heard too. Political theorist Christopher Finlay asks whether violent political protest is ever justified, while the artist Peter Kennard explains how he was inspired by the protest movements in Europe in 1968 to infuse his works with politics. The writer Mary Shelley was born into a politically radical family, with an anarchist father and her mother the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. On the 200th anniversary of her novel Frankenstein, the poet Fiona Sampson looks back at Shelley's radical life.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

Available now

43 minutes

Last on

Mon 8 Jan 2018 21:30

Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson is an author and lecturer.

Hearts and Minds: Suffragettes, Suffragists and How Women Won the Vote is published by Doubleday.

Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson is a prize-winning poet and writer.

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein is published by Profile Books.

Peter Kennard

Peter Kennard is a London-based photomontage artist and Professor of Political Art, Royal College of Art, London.

Revolt & Revolution at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 6 January–15 April 2018.

Christopher Finlay

Christopher Finlay is Professor in Political Theory at Durham University. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Jane Robinson
Interviewed Guest Christopher Finlay
Interviewed Guest Peter Kennard
Interviewed Guest Fiona Sampson
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 8 Jan 2018 09:00
  • Mon 8 Jan 2018 21:30