Sapphic Suffragettes: The key role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women

When:
February 1, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
2018-02-01T13:00:00+00:00
2018-02-01T13:30:00+00:00
Where:
LSE Library
Lionel Robbins Building
10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
LSE Library
Sapphic Suffragettes: The key role of lesbians in the fight for Votes for Women @ LSE Library

One hundred years on from the first granting of the vote in Britain, Hilary McCollum presents on the key role of lesbians and bi women in the fight for women’s citizenship. It explores the evidence that a number of the women leading the campaign for women’s suffrage were lesbians/had relationships with other women. These women include Commander-in-Chief Christabel Pankhurst; Chief Organisers Annie Kenney, Grace Roe and Olive Bartels; and leading militants Emily Wilding Davison, Mary Leigh and Lilian Lenton. It will also consider how concerns about such relationships fuelled the split in 1907, which gave rise to the Women’s Freedom League. Whilst there has been some recognition of sexual relationships between women within the movement, the extent of such relationships among the WSPU’s (Women’s Social and Political Union) leading figures is underexplored