To mark International Women’s Day 2021 the Museum of London have created a virtual version of their Votes for Women exhibition.
The exhibition was original created to mark the 100th anniversary of the act that gave women the vote, however, the exhibition is just as enjoyable in this new virtual format.
The exhibition traces the history of the struggle for female emancipation with a fascinating collection of exhibits and artefacts.
It’s 100 years since the Representation of the People Act and as part of the centenary celebrations to mark the anniversary, the Museum of London has launched a major new exhibition which promises to shine a light on those brave early pioneers of the women’s movement.
When most of us think of the women who campaigned for the vote, we immediately think of the Suffragettes. Their bravery and headline grabbing antics are legendary and they are certainly more than deserving of our attention. However the campaign for the vote was based on a far wider coalition of forces and history is only now beginning to recognise those long forgotten names.
Few people now remember the Suffragists or their leader Millicent Fawcett but Fawcett was an incredibly influential figure in the women’s movement and she worked tirelessly over many decades for the vote.
The exhibition reveals a number of items from the Museum of London’s Suffragette collection, including the medal Emmeline Pankhurst was given for going on hunger strike.
One of the highlights of the exhibition is a newly commissioned film that tries to assess the impact and relevance of the Suffragette’s militant campaign.
More information about the Votes for Women exhibition can be found here.
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