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May 19, 2022


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This course focuses on one example of democratic protest: the campaign to extend the vote to women in the UK

In the course you'll be introduced to two key figures in the campaign, Ada Nield Chew and May Billinghurst, and you'll look at the ways in which the Women's Social and Political Union, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and the First World War shaped and affected the battle for the vote.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Know about and understand the suffrage movement
  • Utilise some of the skills involved in the study of history
  • Use and analyse different types of sources, both primary and secondary
  • Read and interpret information from a variety of media
  • Think about and process information through description, explanation and analysis.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:15:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • The changing position of women in the home and workplace 00:25:00
  • Women’s suffrage: establishing a chronology 00:20:00
    • The life and work of Ada Nield Chew 00:20:00
    • Ada Nield Chew’s background and early work 00:10:00
    • The true story genre 00:15:00
    • Joining the campaign for ‘Votes for Women’ 00:15:00
    • The suffragette movement 00:20:00
    • The Women’s Coronation Procession 00:25:00
    • Photographic records 00:15:00
    • Votes for women: militant action 00:03:00
    • Different types of action 00:15:00
    • The Cat and Mouse Act 00:20:00
    • Were suffragettes terrorists? 00:40:00
    • Reflecting on the militant actions of the suffragettes 00:15:00
    • The suffragettes: a personal history 00:07:00
    • May Billinghurst 00:15:00
    • Votes for women: the First World War and gaining the vote 00:03:00
    • The First World War and the suffragettes 00:20:00
    • Getting the vote 00:30:00
    • Economic roles and cultural identities 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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