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First Tuesday: Liz O’Donnell, ‘Hens that want to crow’. Suffragists and suffragettes in the North-East of England, 1866 – 1918

6 March 2018 @ 18:00

NB Please note this talk will be at the Lit and Phil at 23 Westgate Road, not the usual First Tuesday venue. It will also be a different time from usual: 6:00pm.

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This talk is about the fight for women’s suffrage and its interconnectedness with other women’s rights issues. Many people think of this only in terms of the early 20th century suffragettes’ militant tactics, but a much wider range of strategies were deployed, from at least the 1860s, with many of the key early campaigners hailing from our region. It is an important reminder that the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave women aged 30 and over the vote in Parliamentary elections for the first time, was part of a very long – and by no means completed – struggle for gender equality.

Liz O’Donnell is a former history lecturer whose doctoral thesis examined the links between Quaker women and the development of first-wave feminism. After leaving teaching she worked as an outreach officer for Northumberland Archives and coordinated the oral history strand of the Popular Politics Project for the NELHS. She is now an occasional freelance heritage consultant but spends much of her time pursuing her own research interests into the emergence and development of women’s rights campaigning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Liz is a member of the NELHS committee.

This talk is part of a Newcastle-wide programme of events in February and March 2018 to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act, which began the process of women’s suffrage.

We have produced a poster for this event – see it here.


6 March 2018


The Lit & Phil
23 Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE United Kingdom
0191 232 0192