Suffragettes Forever! The Story Of Women And Power
The suffragette campaign was the inevitable conclusion of a fight that women — rich and poor — had been pursuing for hundreds of years against a system that gave men complete legal, political and physical control over the other half of the population. In this first episode Professor Amanda Vickery explains that a wife was considered the property of her husband. If he chose to, he could beat, rape or even sell her to another man. However, the revolutionary politics of the late 18th century cracked... [see more] open the door to change. From a wife sale at Hailsham cattle market, to the bloodstained streets of Paris on the trail of the grandmother of British feminism; from the heroic Manchester women attacked at Peterloo, to opportunity presented by the Great Reform Act, Vickery describes how at every step men furiously resisted giving women power.
In the provocative three-part series SUFFRAGETTES FOREVER! THE STORY OF WOMEN AND POWER, Professor Amanda Vickery (The Story of Women and Art) examines the lengthy struggle for women's rights in Britain. While the Edwardian suffragettes won the vote, Vickery reveals that they were part of a much longer battle that began in the 18th century. In a story that puts the battle for the vote in its true historical context, Vickery shows how bloody revolutionary movements, working class radicals, lovestruck philosophers, campaigners in the sex industry, and even the humble bicycle all played a part in tackling social injustice - a fight that continues to this day.