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Talk tells of suffragettes' struggle

Published on Thursday, February 15, 2018

A TALK by a local historian next month will tell the story of women’s long struggle for the right to vote.

 

Cynthia Brown will look at the early campaigns to get votes for women in the mid-19th century, before discussing the approach of suffragettes – like Leicester’s Alice Hawkins – in the early 20th century.

 

Her talk will look at why it took so long for women to get the vote, why the law was finally changed in 1918, and what women did with their vote, once they got it.

 

The talk takes place at 2pm on Sunday 4 March at Newarke Houses Museum.

 

Tickets – which include refreshments – cost £4 and can be reserved in advance by calling the museum on 0116 225 4980.

 

A bronze statue of Leicester’s suffragette Alice Hawkins was unveiled in the city on 4 February, marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act – the act that paved the way for equality for men and women at the ballot box.

 

A series of educational and celebratory events will take place in Leicester during the year, inspired by the life and work of Alice Hawkins and supported by a grant from the Government’s Centenary Cities fund.

 

Alice Hawkins was a shoe factory machinist who led the women’s suffrage movement in Leicester in the early 1900s.