Suffragettes by Ian Porter
April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In the nineteenth century women had no place in national politics. They could not stand as candidates for Parliament. They were not even allowed to vote. A woman’s role was seen to be child-rearing and taking care of the home.
As a result of the industrial revolution many women were in full-time employment, which meant they had opportunities to meet in large organised groups to discuss political and social issues.
In 1897, various local women’s suffrage societies formed the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, under the leadership of Millicent Fawcett. The NUWSS wanted the vote for middle class property-owning women.
The suffragettes, were born out of the suffragist movement. Emmeline Pankhurst, who had been a member of the Manchester suffragist group, had grown impatient with the middle class, respectable, gradualist tactics of the NUWSS. In 1903 she decided to break with the NUWSS and set up a separate society. This became known as the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
Free for Sittingbourne Society members and £1 for HRGS and Sittingbourne Heritage Museum members. Meetings are open to the public – costs £3.