History Club mark the 100th Anniversary of Votes for Women

In 1918, following years of bitter struggle, (some) women finally gained the right to vote. To mark this centenary, the History Club at St George's Junior School invited Chertsey Museum to the school to lead a special workshop. 

The Representation of the People Act added 8.5 million women – those over 30 who owned property or were graduates voting in a university constituency – to the electoral roll. 

St George's pupils focussed on Emily Davison, who was one of the first women to join the Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, Surrey, at the age of 19 in 1892. She studied French, German and English Literature but had to pull out a year later after the death of her retired merchant father. He left too little money to pay the £20 a term fees and Emily became a governess to fund her continuing studies, eventually completing her degree in 1908.

The workshop finished with a debate, ‘Suffragists or Suffragettes – who won the vote?’ Both sides argued forcefully and put forward clear, coherent arguments. After careful consideration, the pupils voted unanimously in favour of the Suffragettes! It was a worthwhile and eye-opening experience for the children in attendance.

25 May 2018

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