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History: Why Did It Take So Long For Women To Get The Vote In Britain? With Professor Sarah Richardson From University of Warwick

29th November 2021 @ 09:10 - 10:10


On 7 June 1866, the philosopher and MP, John Stuart Mill presented the first mass women’s suffrage petition to the House of Commons. A year later, in May 1867, Mill put forward an amendment to the Second Reform Bill to replace the word ‘man’ with ‘person’ and thus extend the vote to women. The petition and amendment failed but did give rise to organised associations to campaign for women to get the vote. However, it took more than 50 years until the Representation of the People Act in 1918 gave the vote to women over the age of 30.

Why did it take so long? And who was to blame?

Sarah Richardson discusses some of these questions in this session on women’s suffrage.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Professor Sarah Richardson


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to slides and other relevant resources will be given, where possible.


Suitable for: Key Stage 5 students studying or with an interest in studying History, and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to consider some of the key issues and any questions they might like to ask during the session.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

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29th November 2021
09:10 - 10:10
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