From People's Dissent to Royal Assent: Sylvia Pankhurst and the struggle for the vote

Hosted by the Ralph Miliband Programme

Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building


Rachel Holmes


Professor Anne Phillips

On the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, Rachel Holmes remembers and reflects on the roles of revolutionary thinking and militancy in winning votes for women.

The complacency of hindsight leads many in modern Britain to believe universal suffrage and votes for women to have been obvious and inevitable. The length and difficulty of the struggle and the vital roles of revolutionary thinking and militancy is almost airbrushed from our history. 

Rachel Holmes is Sylvia Pankhurst’s most recent biographer.

Anne Phillips is the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government 

The Ralph Miliband Programme (@RMilibandLSE) is one of LSE's most prestigious lecture series and seeks to advance Ralph Miliband's spirit of free social inquiry.

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