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Agents for Change? Women and Protest in The National Archives Collections

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'[for] all women everywhere’ – quotation from a handwritten letter signed the ‘Women Workers at Lords of Dagenham’

At The National Archives, the voices of men, in the most part, frame our collections, reflecting the historic interests of government/ past societies. However, throughout our records women have fought to be listened to and have acted as agents for change. When women were disruptive, they have tended to leave footprints in the archive, and therefore women in protests can often be found in government records; from Cabinet Papers to Metropolitan Police records.

This talk will reflect on women and protest in modern Britain through The National Archives records, from the movement for women’s suffrage to the Ford Dagenham Campaigns of the 1960s. Within these records can at times be found surprisingly personal perspectives. This talk will pick up on key themes in women’s activism throughout the 20th century, including; campaigns for the vote, for bodily autonomy, for equal pay, for peace and for racial equality.

This talk will be delivered by Vicky Iglikowski-Broad, Principal Records Specialist in Diverse Histories.

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