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Empowering women: fighting for rights

This session discusses the changing rights for women in the UK over the last 150+ years and investigates the continuing struggle for women's equality today.

Scarf with text: Votes for Women

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post 16
  • Subjects: Citizenship, History, Personal, social, health and economic education, Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size(maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free
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Workshop details

Your students embark on a gallery-led tour exploring the lives of notable women activists from Liverpool in our People’s Republic gallery.  The history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement is discussed, as well as the differences between Suffragists and Suffragettes, the lives of key activists, including Liverpool activist Mary Bamber. Key changes in legislation and societal opinion are considered.

The group then explore the lives of four prominent local women through objects, documents, and images-

  • Kitty Wilkinson
  • Eleanor Rathbone
  • Bessie Braddock
  • Angela Eagle

Groups are invited to consider how the Representation of the People Act (1918) affected the lives of these women or how their lives would have been affected had they lived to see it passed.

The session closes with a considered discussion on the rights of women worldwide today and what needs to be accomplished to achieve full equality.