Museum of London

Votes for Women

Votes for Women was a temporary exhibition at the Museum of London between February 2018 and March 2019.

In December 1918 British women walked shoulder to shoulder with their husbands, brothers, fathers and sons to vote, for the first time, in a general election.

The exhibition, marked the centenary of Votes for (some) Women, and revealed the extraordinary struggle to achieve female representation in parliament. Featuring key items from the museum’s unique Suffragette collection, it reflected particularly on the legacy of the militant Deeds not Words campaign and the lives of the women and men prepared to risk arrest and imprisonment for the cause.

From the spectacle of beautifully choreographed processions to the violence of window smashing, arson, attacks on artworks and the brutality of prison hunger strikes and force-feeding, the campaign continues to divide opinion. But above all, the Suffragette story represents comradeship and a shared commitment to challenge an unjust, male-dominated society.

Watch an introduction to the exhibition

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