‘Hens that want to crow’ Suffragists and Suffragettes in the North East of England, 1866 – 1918

Date and time: 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:00


Literary and Philosophical Society, 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Liz O’Donnell, North East Labour History Society

This talk is about the fight for women’s suffrage and its interconnectedness with other women’s rights issues. Many people think of this only in terms of the early 20th century suffragettes’ militant tactics, but a much wider range of strategies were deployed, from at least the 1860s, with many of the key early campaigners hailing from our region. It is an important reminder that the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave women aged 30 and over the vote in Parliamentary elections for the first time, was part of a very long – and by no means completed – struggle for gender equality. A poster is attached.

Liz O’Donnell is a former history lecturer whose doctoral thesis examined the links between Quaker women and the development of first-wave feminism. After leaving teaching she worked as an outreach officer for Northumberland Archives and coordinated the oral history strand of the Popular Politics Project for the North East Labour History Society. She is now an occasional freelance heritage consultant but spends much of her time pursuing her own research interests into the emergence and development of women’s rights campaigning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Liz is a member of the NELHS committee.

Please book at secretary@nelh.net (not directly with the Lit and Phil).