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Exeter Women - and Men - in the Fight for Votes for Women, 1866-1918 (Non-...

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The battle for women’s right to vote was fought up and down the country, in Exeter as much as anywhere else. Nowadays we no longer remember the Exonians who played their part in that struggle. To commemorate their work 100 years ago, Dr Julia Neville, in an illustrated talk, will be uncovering the stories of some of those local activists: Jessie Montgomery, widely regarded as 'godmother' to the University of Exeter; Edith Splatt, later to be Exeter's first woman councillor; Mary Willocks, early Mills-and-Boon novelist; and Robert Newman, who became Exeter's MP in 1918. Julia also traces some of Exeter‘s scenes of suffrage activity, from the open-air meetings at the Triangle to the prison where the 'Exeter hunger strikers' spent a week in custody.

At last the Representation of the People Act in 1918 gave some women a vote in elections for the first time. It was passed by Parliament in London where leaders of the national movements, Mrs Fawcett and Mrs Pankhurst, gained most of their publicity.

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NOTE: This event is free to members. To obtain a ticket the link is: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exeter-women-and-men-in-the-fight-for-womens-votes-1866-1918-members-only-tickets-44846133994

To find out about joining the Society the link is: http://www.exeterlocalhistorysociety.co.uk

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