In 1918 some women – 40% – got the vote in national elections in Britain. The organised campaign for women's suffrage started in 1866 with the first petition to Parliament. By the early 1900s there were many suffrage groups for (and against) votes for women. The main image used for Suffrage18 shows women still campaigning for the vote on equal terms with men in 1927. All women over 21 got the vote in 1928.
Download our Suffrage Timeline graphic [PDF]
LSE Library's events programme draws on the rich material in The Women’s Library Collection to commemorate the campaigns for women's suffrage and the innovative methods used to get the vote. It includes introductions to new books, talks, hands-on activities for adults and families, performance, an exhibition and online schools resources.
Let's talk books
Celebrating new books on the suffrage movement with talks by:
- Jane Robinson, Hearts and Minds. The suffragists march on London 11 January - ground floor lecture theatre in Tower One on Clements Inn.
- Rachel Kolsky, Women's London: A guide to great lives, 25 January. The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
- Helen Pankhurst, Deeds Not Words: the story of women's rights – then and now, 9 February. The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
- Diane Atkinson, Rise up women! The remarkable lives of suffragettes, 12 February. The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
- Elizabeth Crawford, Who were the suffrage artists? Lives revealed, 23 March. The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
- Sumita Mukherjee, Indian Suffragettes: Female identities and transnational networks, 22 May. The Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building on Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
All 6.30 -8pm. Free. Entry is first come first served.
Hilary McCollum, Sapphic Suffragettes: the key role of lesbians in the fight for votes for women, 1 February 1-2pm. LSE Library Education Room. Outing the Past: LGBT+ History Month.
Kat Banyard, Director UK Feminista, title TBC, 18 May 6.30-8pm, The Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building.
A series of activities drawing on the innovative campaigns of suffrage groups, including:
- Suffragette Gaming Play Pank-a-Squith and explore other games made for fundraising. Part of Museums at Night. 16 May 6–8pm.
- Make a Suffrage Campaign Badge Half-term family activities. 30 May 11am–4pm.
- Join our Justice Par-tea on London History Day and half-term family activities. 31 May 11am–4pm.
- EqualiTeas: Find out about Justice Tea and suffrage tea-time. 2 July 2–4pm.
All take place in the Library Gallery.
Ethel Smyth Performed: A recreation of the suffragette composer's music and life in Grasp the Nettle! By Lucy Stevens. Pre-book. 5 July 6.30-9pm, Shaw Library in LSE Old Building.
We are supporting a number of projects, such as:
At Last! Votes for Women 23 April – 31 August, LSE Library Gallery
Exhibition focusing on the tactics of the three main suffrage groups in their campaign for the vote.
Online learning resources
Schools workshops are available throughout 2018. A new resource based on the campaigns for women’s suffrage for key stage 3 and A level students will be available online from May.
For more on our internationally significant collections relating to women’s suffrage go to our Women’s Suffrage webpage.
For any enquiries relating to Suffrage 18 – collections, teaching and research, exhibition, schools and events – please contact LSE Library:
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