Pankhurst lectures mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

Two free University of Portsmouth public lectures will mark the 100th anniversary of certain women receiving the right to the parliamentary vote.

On Monday 5 February, Professor June Purvis will focus on the life and work of Christabel Pankhurst, a suffragette leader who campaigned for women’s right to vote.  Charismatic, a brilliant orator and a supreme tactician, Pankhurst’s advocacy of ‘militant’ unladylike tactics shocked many people, and the political establishment. Emeritus Professor of Women’s and Gender History at the University, Professor Purvis recently published Christabel Pankhurst: a biography and is an acknowledged authority on the women’s suffrage movement.

On Friday 9 March, Dr Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and author and great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, will visit the University to talk about the changes in women’s lives over the last century and offer a powerful and positive argument for the way forward.

The lectures mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which allowed women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. However, this only applied to householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property of £5 or more annual value, or university graduates.

Professor Purvis said: “It is important that we commemorate the 1918 act. It broke but did not end the sex discrimination against women voting, and Christabel Pankhurst was a key player in bringing this about.”

For further information and to book places on the talks visit:

The Fight For The Vote with Professor June Purvis
Deeds Not Words, Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now with Dr Helen Pankhurst.

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