Free

100 Years of Female Suffrage. Harriet Harman gives first Alice Bacon talk

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Great Hall, University of Leeds

University Road

Leeds

LS2 9JT

United Kingdom

View Map

Event description

Description

The achievements of a pioneering Yorkshire MP are to be commemorated with a public lecture by senior MP Harriet Harman.

Alice Bacon was elected to represent Leeds North East in 1945 and served her city constituents continuously until her retirement a quarter of a century later (she transferred to Leeds South East when constituency boundaries were revised in 1955). Awarded a CBE in the 1953 Coronation Honours, she took up a seat in the Lords as a Baroness on her retirement as an MP in 1970.

Leeds did not return another woman to the Commons until the election in 2010 of Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves, who is also Baroness Bacon’s biographer.

Now Ms Reeves has teamed up with the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, for the first in what will be a regular series of lectures in the name of her trailblazing forebear, aimed at commemorating the achievements of Leeds women – locally and nationally.

Ms Harman’s lecture, From Pioneers to Parity? 100 Years of Female Suffrage, will be given in the Great Hall at the University on Thursday 25 January.

The event will come at the start of the year which marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act. This gave some women over 30 – and all men – the vote for the first time. Equal suffrage was not to follow for another ten years.

During the afternoon before the lecture there will be a showcase of items from Leeds University Library’s Special Collections relating to women in politics, as well as material from the collections of Feminist Archive North on women’s political movements, organisations and campaigns.

The display will be on show in the Sheppard Room of Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery and open to everyone before the lecture, from 3pm until 5.30pm.

The lecture, which starts at 6pm, will be followed by a drinks reception from 7-8pm.

Fore more details, visit leeds.ac.uk/event_celebrates_yorkshires_first_woman_mp

* Picture courtesy of The Yorkshire Post

Share with friends

Date and Time

Location

Great Hall, University of Leeds

University Road

Leeds

LS2 9JT

United Kingdom

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved