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The Bristol Suffragettes

To mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, Redmaids’ High has launched a programme of events, debates, screenings and competitions, commemorating the incredible women of Bristol, and of the world. 

Today, author Lucienne Boyce came in to speak to students about the Suffragette movement and in particular the women of Bristol who were involved. This includes former Redland High and Red Maids’ governors, Emily Sturge and Agnes Beddoe, who both campaigned for women’s rights.

Lucinenne has written a book on the topic; The Bristol Suffragettes. She told pupils about the efforts of the Pankhursts: Emmeline, Cristabel and Sylvie. She touched upon the work of Annie Kenney who became a leading figure in the Women's Social and Political Union, starting the Bristol and West of England branches. She spoke of Bristol-born, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, who started the publication Votes for Women.

We also learnt that as an act of protest, suffragette Theresa Garnett, lashed out at Winston Churchill with a dog whip when he was at Bristol Temple Meads station in 1909, a crime that she was arrested for and sent to Horfield prison.

Students enjoyed listening to Lucienne’s talk and learning more about the local suffragette movement which sparked some interesting conversations about whether the suffragettes would have been successful in achieving the vote without their militant actions, and whether or not women’s part in the war effort helped on their quest to enfranchisement.

Date Posted: 05 February 2018
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