Deeds Not Words: the story of women's rights then and now

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Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Helen Pankhurst

Research Fellow at LSE Department of Gender Studies


Professor Mary Evans

LSE Centennial Professor at the Department of Gender Studies

Dr Helen Pankhurst, in conversation with Professor Mary Evans, will discuss how women’s lives have changed over the last century and offer a powerful and positive argument for a new way forward.

In 2018, on the centenary of one of the greatest steps forward for women - the Fourth Reform Act, which saw propertied women over 30 gain the vote for the first time - suffragette descendant and campaigner Helen Pankhurst charts how the lives of women in the UK have changed over the last 100 years. In her new book, she celebrates landmark successes, little-known victories, where progress has stalled or reversed, looking at politics, money, identity, violence, culture and social norms. The voices of both pioneers and ordinary women - in all their diversity - are woven into the analysis which ends with suggestions about how to better understand and strengthen feminist campaigning and with aims for the future.

This is an event in LSE Library's series of activities marking the centenary of women getting the vote in 1918.

Dr Helen Pankhurst is a Research Fellow at LSE Department of Gender Studies and CARE international's senior advisor.

Professor Mary Evans is the LSE Centennial Professor at the Department of Gender Studies.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collection, including The Women's Library.

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