Suffragette protest and struggle for female citizenship

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Truth Management by Political Elites A Historical Study of Militant Female Suffragettes in Britain This study examines the discursive strategies of leading political actors connected with responding to the issues of law and order that the political protests of female
suffragettes presented to the British state at during the period 1900-1914. Utilising as its primary source House of Commons ‘Sittings’ which are recorded in Hansard the paper aims to reveal the reactions of Members of Parliament belonging to different political parties. The study is contextualised by reference to the historical period and challenges facing the Government and by reference to the distinctive problems that arose due to the gender and social class of most of the militant protestors. The paper argues that gaining political recognition and citizenship status entails self-sacrifice and a capacity to be resilient in the face
of powerful resistance by a patriarchal political establishment determined to exclude women from the franchise. Data from the prison files of suffragettes is also used to illustrate the
participation of medical power to suppress dissent.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019
EventEurope at the Crossroads: Rights, Values and Identity: CiCe Conference 2019 - Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 9 May 201911 May 2019
Conference number: 21 (Conference website.)


ConferenceEurope at the Crossroads: Rights, Values and Identity
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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  • Suffragettes
  • Militancy
  • Prison
  • Hunger
  • Parliament


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