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What Difference Did the War Make?

Event date Event time Event location
30/01/2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Attlee Suite Portcullis House, House of Commons London

World War One and Votes for Women

This event is now fully booked.

A free public event at Parliament will celebrate the upcoming centenary of some women gaining the right to vote for and stand as MPs.

The event, in the form of a roundtable discussion in Parliament and will consider the impact of the often overlooked ongoing suffrage campaigns during the First World War, the role of women in wartime, and the extent to which the gendering of British politics was shifted by the events of 1914-18. The speakers for the event are:

  • Professor Krista Cowman from the University of Lincoln
  • the Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee
  • Professor Angela K. Smith from the University of Plymouth
  • Dr Mari Takayanagi from the UK Parliament Vote 100 programme.

There will also be performances by poet Hannah Davies, and folk singer Louise Jordan.

2018 sees the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. Passed in the final year of the First World War, this Act gave virtually all British men the right to vote in parliamentary elections, but is chiefly remembered as the moment when some British women were given a parliamentary vote. It followed many years of campaigning by the suffrage movement and four years in which women had played a crucial role in the nation’s war effort. It was followed by the Parliament (Qualification of Women) Act 1918 which allowed women to stand as candidates and be elected as MPs for the first time.

This discussion forms part of a wider project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, entitled What Difference did the War make? World War One and Votes for Women. The project involves academics at the University of Lincoln, the University of Plymouth and Parliament’s Vote 100 project, and builds on previous research - Professor Krista Cowman’s ‘The Recruitment and Work of Paid Organisers in the Women’s Social and Political Union’ and Professor Angela K. Smith’s ‘War until Victory: Suffrage Discourse and World War One’ - exploring the links between the ongoing wartime suffrage campaign and women’s votes.

How to attend

The event is free to attend, places must be reserved via the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-difference-did-the-war-make-world-war-one-and-votes-for-women-tickets-40716668652

Visit the online exhibition: http://www.parliament.uk/whatdifference

Naomi Paxton  E: paxtonn@parliament.uk

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