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Information on all LSE’s programmes for the suffrage centenary can be found from now and throughout next year by clicking on this link suffrage18  

Singularity and Solidarity: Networks of Women at the LSE 1895 -1945

Date: 16th March 2018 For more information Click  Singularity and Solidarity


Our next talk will be  ‘The multi-talented Mrs Strachey: the first historian of the Women’s Movement, and much more besides’. Find out more from Jennifer Holmes

Date: 21st March 2018,

Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A   2HD

Time: 2. 30pm.

Please meet in the foyer at 2.15

Cost: £3 for Friends of the Women’s Library and £4 for non-members.  Cheques made payable to: The Friends of the Women’s Library and sent to 
Susan Pares, 86 Crescent Lane, London SW4 9PL

All are welcome, but booking is required as space is limited.

 It will be helpful to have an idea of numbers: replies may be sent to

Non-members are requested to supply an email address if possible in case there is a need for us to contact them.

Refreshments will be served.



First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire


“The Road to 1919”

Deadline for papers: 23 April 2018

Conference date: 29 June 2018

Venue: Jubilee Room, Palace of Westminster



The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long-awaited entry to the legal profession.  What do we actually know about that journey?  How much of that struggle has been recorded?  Where is it recorded?  The ‘First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area and explore the journey of those first women lawyers.

The 2018 meeting will celebrate the centenary of the vote and examine its effect on the passing of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. It will explore the extent to which it gave impetus to women such as Helena Normanton to make renewed attempts to join the legal profession in 1918.

This is the fourth symposium in the ‘First Women Lawyers Symposia’, which has drawn papers from England, Scotland, Estonia, Canada, America and Australia.  The 2018 symposium will be held on Friday 29 June 2018, at the Palace of Westminster.

Submissions are welcomed from those researching in this area, including anyone with knowledge that will place the struggle for entry to the legal profession in England and Wales in an international context.  Closing date for submission of abstracts: 23 April 2018.

The timetable for the following symposia are as follows:

November 2018: Exhibition Temple Church

2019 Celebrations:
Symposium: Thursday 7 February 2019 to be held at Middle Temple (continuing the theme of the road to 1919 and a celebration of the Act which received Royal Assent on 23 December 1919),

Celebration Dinner at Middle Temple Hall: Saturday 11 January 2020 (centenary of the first women Bar students’ first dinner)

June 2020 Symposium: ‘Legacy’

June 2021 Symposium: ‘The other women Lawyers that history has, at best forgotten, at worst ignored’

17 November 2022 Celebration of the 1922 Call night at Middle Temple

See also twitter: @1919lawpioneers

Contact Dr. Judith Bourne:


Women’s History Month lectures at the Palace of Westminster

Tickets for the annual Women’s History Month lectures are now available on Eventbrite. If you wish to book a ticket, please follow the links below. Due to popular demand this year, we ask that if you cannot make an event, please ensure to cancel your ticket to allow space for those on the waiting lists. 

Click below for more information.

Christabel Pankhurst

The great suffrage pilgrimage of 1913

A woman’s work – rt hon Harriet Harman

Rise up women

Exploring suffrage and the women in our history Click here to see events at the National Trust


Elaine Dundy’s The Dud Avocado and Emma Cline’s The Girls

A One-Day Literature Course
Date: Saturday 10 March 2018

Time: 10.30-4.30­

 Venue: The Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square,

London WC1N 3AT.

Nearest tubes: Holborn or Russell Square

Buses: 59, 58, 168

For more details click here:The Art Workers’ Guild



Local : National : Transnational

An international, multi-disciplinary public conference
University of Surrey, UK, 29-30 June 2018

Keynote Speakers:
* Irene Cockroft, author of Women in the Arts & Crafts and Suffrage Movements at the Dawn of the 20th Century
* Elizabeth Crawford, author of The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland

Conference website:

The 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act (6 February 1918), which granted the vote to many women in the UK, yields an ideal opportunity for sustained critical reflection on women’s suffrage. This conference seeks to explore the artistic activities nurtured within the movement, their range and legacy, as well as the relationships between politics and art. In striving for an inclusive, transnational reach, it will at the same time seek to move beyond traditional emphases on white middle-class feminism and explore the intersections between the regional, national, and global contexts for women’s suffrage with specific respect to the arts.

While proposals addressing any aspects of women’s suffrage will be welcomed, this conference will focus upon three strands:

1. Women’s suffrage in/and the arts
2. Women’s suffrage in Surrey and the surrounds
3. Transnational networks and flows of texts in relation to women’s suffrage

20-minute papers are invited on any aspect of these strands, including but not limited to:
* Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women’s writing on suffrage;
* Political reflections on the arts and the cultural sphere, e.g. in music;
* Transnational networks and mobilities of political texts and ideas, incorporating suffrage movements in other countries;
* Politically active individuals with strong links to Surrey (particularly in relation to the arts)      e.g. Mary Watts, Dame Ethel Smyth, Gertrude Jekyll, Marion Wallace Dunlop;
* Networks such as Ferguson’s Gang, Surrey Hills Group, Surrey Pilgrimage Group, and women who organised suffrage marches;
* Sociological theories of women’s suffrage;
* Contributions of women of colour to suffrage movements in Britain and globally;
* Art (both historical and contemporary) inspired by women’s suffrage.

Proposals for panels of 3-4 papers (1.5-2 hours) are also warmly welcomed, as are proposals for one-hour roundtables of 3-5 participants. We encourage proposals from postgraduate students and independent scholars in addition to institutionally-affiliated established academics.

Planned activities include a panel discussion featuring artists who have been active in performing and creating works based on women’s suffrage and some of its key figures; a recital of the music of Dame Ethel Smyth; and a visit to the nearby Watts Gallery. We envisage that an edited publication will be developed from papers presented at the conference.

Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be e-mailed by 26 January 2018 to Decisions will be communicated to speakers by 23 February 2018. A limited number of student bursaries may be offered to offset costs of attendance.

Conference Committee: Christopher Wiley, Charlotte Mathieson, Lucy Ella Rose (co-chairs)



Poster Girls  a century of Art and Design 

Now showing at the London Transport Museum

for more information click here  London  Transport Museum


Millicent Fawcett’s statue

The Fawcett Society has announced the following

We’re proud to reveal Millicent’s statue design for Parliament Square.

Gillian Wearing’s inspirational design will see her in her prime, aged 50 in 1897, the year the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was formed. The statue also commemorates 52 other suffragist campaigners whose images will be engraved on the plinth.

Now we need your help to make it a reality.

The planning application has been submitted, but there is still a risk that this won’t happen if planning permission is not granted. Please write in support, by clicking ‘Support’ and submitting a comment online via the link below. You can write you own comment, or copy and paste the following:

I’m proud to support planning permission for Millicent Fawcett’s statue in Parliament Square. I believe it will be a fitting monument commemorating Millicent and the many other women who fought for the right to vote.


Millicent Fawcett Statue


 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

The EGA Gallery is open to the public and is free. The permanent exhibition focuses on the story of EGA and the entry of women into the medical profession in Britain, in its historical context, and contains other material relating to pioneering women social campaigners and medics. For further information about the EGA Gallery, you can go to the website of EGA for Women, the group which initiated the project. The website includes images of the exhibition space, opening hours and full address: