Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds On the 6th of February, 1918, the Representation of the People Act received royal assent and passed into law– an act to amend the law with respect to parliamentary and local government franchises. That act granted the vote to women for the first time. In this course, we will chart the struggle for women’s rights and the vote in particular, from the first mass petition calling for female suffrage in 1866, to the Women’s March of January, 2017. Along the way, we will encounter women who rallied against the social and legal barriers that curtailed women’s rights in the 19th century, and examine how women were represented in literature and art.
Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds We will examine the campaign for the vote, its leading figures and organisations, assessing their tactics and effectiveness. And we will follow the passage of the Representation of the People Act in 1917 and 1918. So join us as we explore the history of women’s rights and their campaign for the vote.