This talk will look at local suffrage campaigns before and during the First World War, and also uncover the history of the 1918 General Election in the Black Country; an election that was of huge significance to the history of women in Britain.
In 1918, some women were able to vote in a General Election for the first time. This was also the first in which women could stand as candidates for Parliament.
In the Black Country, two of the most famous women in the country came to the area to stand in the election in December – the Trade Unionist Mary Macarthur, and Christabel Pankhurst the suffragette. Their role in this revolutionary election is largely forgotten today, possibly because both women did not win the seats they campaigned for, but theirs is a story which nonetheless deserves to be told.
Anna Muggeridge is a doctoral researcher at the University of Worcester. Her research, which is funded by the University of Worcester, examines how women in the Black Country were politicised through the local and the everyday in the period 1914 to 1950.Read more