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posted Sep 7, 2018, 2:07 AM by Lostwithiel Museum   [ updated Sep 7, 2018, 2:10 AM ]
:Suffragist or Suffragest ? Which one would you have been ? It's an interesting question which we hope will inspire a few debates amongst you. This major new display features The Great Pilgrimage of 1913 when an estimated 50,000 women marched lawfully & peacefully from Lands End to London in the quest for Votes for Women.

The Suffragists belonged to the NUWS [National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies 1896-1918] whilst the Suffragettes were affiliated to the WSPU [Women's Social & Political Union 1903-1918]. Lloyd George, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, said the march was one of the cleverest political moves ever organised.

It was 5yrs later in 1918 when the campaigners won the battle & women over the age of 30 had the right to vote but only if they were householders, wives of householders, property owners or university graduates. It was to take another 10yrs for universal franchise to be granted in 1928 to all women over the age of 21. This was 15 yrs after The Great Suffrage Pilgrimage & the height of Suffragette action.

The story is a compelling one so we hope you will pause a while & take the opportunity to discover more about the incredible achievements of these amazing women to whom we owe so much. Our thanks & appreciation go to Amanda Davidge & Rebecca Bettin from Lost in Books, now based in Black Dog in Quay St, for their generosity in sponsoring this window display.

If you are not in the Lostwithiel Area then many of the photographs used in the display can be seen on our flickr page.