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Women’s Suffrage in Dorset: Forgotten Stories

Date: Thursday 12 March 2020

Talk by Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University at 2pm on Thursday 12th March 2020 in Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne

Sherborne Museum Winter Talks Programme, 2019-2020

Professor Karen Hunt, Keele University
‘Women’s Suffrage in Dorset: Forgotten Stories’


Dorset is not a county usually associated with the long campaign for votes for women that culminated in partial enfranchisement in 1918. However, that does not mean that the women (and men) of the county were indifferent to women’s lack of citizenship.

Professor Karen Hunt will explore where in Dorset women chose to organise, what they did and the effects it had locally. Why did suffragism blossom in some places and not others; why were there far more suffragists than suffragettes; and how did the experience of this campaigning affect Dorset women once the vote was won?

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