Women’s Suffrage in Dorset; forgotten stories
With Professor Karen Hunt
Thursday 19th July, 11.00am @ Allendale Community Centre, Wimborne
Tickets £5, to include refreshments
Dorset is not a county usually associated with the long campaign for votes for women that culminated in partial enfranchisement in 1918. However, that does not mean that the women (and men) of the county were indifferent to women’s lack of citizenship. This talk explores where women chose to organise, what they did and the effects it had locally. The focus is on the towns across Dorset where suffragism of all sorts was apparent. Why did suffragism blossom in some places and not others; why were there far more suffragists than suffragettes; and how did the experience of this campaigning affect Dorset women once the vote was won?
Karen Hunt is Professor Emerita of Modern British History at Keele University. She is a historian of women with books such as Equivocal Feministsand Socialist Women(with June Hannam). Her most recent book, Staffordshire’s War,explores the experience of daily life on a local home front in the Great War. She now lives in Bridport and has just researched an exhibition at the local museum about women on Bridport’s First World War home front (Home Front, Home) and is working with the Priest’s House Museum on Wimborne’s home front. She has also been speaking at various suffrage events across the country as part of the 1918 centenary.
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