Conference Programme



9.45: Welcome

10.00: Keynote Lecture:

Eric Pumroy and Jennifer Redmond (Bryn Mawr):  Suffrage and Elite American Women’s Colleges

11.00: Coffee

11.30 – 1.00 Strands Session 1

STRAND A: Archives, Education, and Heritage

Surrey Heritage: The March of the Women: Surrey’s Road to the Vote, Surrey History Centre

In Partnership: Learning and Engaging with the Suffrage Resources at The Women’s Library @ LSE,  Debbie Challis

Suffrage at Cheltenham Ladies’ College: a Local, National and International perspective, Rachel Roberts and Sue Jones


STRAND B: Panel: Journeys in Gender Equality: University College London, Women and Suffrage, 1878-2018

‘Literally in the margins’: Women and the World of UCL, Georgina Brewis (UCL Institute of Education)

Dangers and Delusions – Jessica Womack (UCL Institute of Education Archivist) and Helen Biggs (Senior Library Assistant: Outreach)

House of Doors – Kristina Clackson Bonnington (UCL Artist-in-Residence)

Disrupters and Innovators: Journeys in gender equality –  Helen Downes (Paul Mellon Research Curator, UCL Art Museum) co-authored with Nina Pearlman (Manager UCL Art Museum).

1.00 -2.00: Lunch

2.00- 3.30 Strands Session 2

STRAND A: New approaches to teaching

Teaching British history and culture in Spain through female literature: suffragist theatre, Veronica Pacheco Costa (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville)

Beyond Serf, Tsaritsa and Terrorist: Teaching Russian women, education and suffrage in 1870 – 1917 in an international classroom, Chelsey Lovell Smith

Gender Studies and Multi-Disciplinary Teaching:A Case Study of Ethel Smyth, Music, and the Suffragette Movement, Christopher Wiley (University of Surrey)

STRAND B: Teaching and democracy

New York City Women Teachers, Rachel Rosenburg (Yale)

Education, social cultural context and democratic expressions, Silvia Palma, Lorenzo Marrali, Enza Sidoti (University of Palermo)

Transnational Experiences of Margaret Cousins (1878-1954) as a Suffragette and a Constitutional Feminist across Ireland and India, Jyoti Atwal (Jawaharlal Nehru University
& University of Limerick)

3.30 – 4.00: Tea

 4.00 – 5.00: Strands Session 3

STRAND A: Institutional Attitudes to Women and Suffrage

Sophia De Morgan: Spiritualist, Suffragist, and Founder of Bedford College, Lucy Ella Rose (University of Surrey)

Breaking Barriers before Suffrage: Exploring socio-political lived ideals about gender equality during mid-nineteenth century in America,  Annmarie Valdes (Loyola University, Chicago)

STRAND B: Teaching, Suffrage, and Birth Control

Japan-British Suffrage Connection: Tuneko Gauntlett(1873-1953) and her Network, Mayuka Sato (Reitaku University)

The Inter-connection of the Suffrage Campaign with the Campaign of Women’s Right to College Education and the Birth Control Campaign, Claire Debenham (University of Manchester)

5.00: Keynote Lecture:  Elizabeth  Crawford  

6.30:  Wine Reception and Launch of Royal Holloway and Bedford College digitized suffrage documents; followed by conference dinner in the Picture Gallery



 9.30- 11.00 Strands Session 4

STRAND A: Sisters and networks

Christabel Pankhurst: First Class Honours Graduate and Co-leader of the Suffragette Movement, June Purvis (University of Portsmouth)

‘We ourselves, loving freedom as we do and benefitting by it, could leave our children free’: Jane Kenney, Caroline Kenney and an international network of suffrage activists and progressive educators c1910 – 1936, Lyndsey Jenkins (Wolfson College, Oxford)

 They Couldn’t Stop Us! Six Sisters, Suffrage, Networks and Education, 1909-1913, Mary Clare Martin (University of Greenwich)


STRAND B: College Alumnae and Suffrage

The Relationship between the Fight for Women’s Votes and Early Female Lawyers in the UK, Laura Noakes (Open University)

Aberdeen University Women Students and the Women’s Suffrage Campaign, Lindy Moore

Mary Sykes:  Royal Holloway Alumna and First Woman Lawyer, Katie Broomfield (Royal Holloway)

 11.00 – 11.20:   Coffee

 11.20 – 12.20:  Keynote Lecture:  Kay Whitehead (Flinders University, Adelaide)

The Teacher Educator and the Suffragist: Lillian de Lissa and Muriel Matters’ parallel activism in Australia and the United Kingdom

12.20 – 1.00: Building the Royal Holloway University of London Free Open Access MOOC ‘Beyond the Ballot:Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today ‘

 1.00 – 2.00 lunch

2.00 – 2.30:   Round Table Discussion:  Teaching Suffrage in Schools and HE

2.30 – 3.30 Strands session 5

STRAND A: Double session

“Her Hat Was in the Ring:   American Women, Education, Suffrage, and Elective Office” Wendy E. Chmielewski and Kristen Gwinn-Becker  (Swarthmore)

STRAND B: Suffrage, Economics and Politics

Though we have the vote we still have to fight every point of equal opportunity and equal status’: Alys Russell, suffrage campaigning and work for graduate women, 1888-1930. Joyce Goodman (University of Winchester)

The Life and Political Career of Rose Lamartine-Yates,  Alexandra Hughes-Johnson (Royal Holloway University of London)

Wilma Meikle, Education, Economics and Suffrage, Stephanie Spencer (University of Winchester)

 3.30: Tea

4.00 – 5.30: Strands Session 6

STRAND A: Informal education 

Frances Mary Buss, Sophie Bryant, North London Collegiate School: A Case Study, Francesca Wade

Guildford High School, The Meteor and engagement in suffrage, Catherine Freeman (University of Greenwich)

Suffrage and Sewing: The Informal Curriculum of University House, Birmingham, 1904-14, Anne Logan (University of Kent)

 STRAND B: Suffrage, politics and higher education

The New Woman in a World of Conservatives, Amy Ensley (Wilson College, USA)

Understanding Edwardian Student Activism:  The Student Suffrage Campaigns at Bedford College and Royal Holloway College, London,  Sarah Wiggins (Bridgewater State University)

“Consider carefully”: Edge Hill Teaching College and the Campaign for the Vote, Charlotte Hastings (Edge Hill University)

6.00:  Future Directions and Closing Remarks