The Suffragettes In AberdeenPublic reading
7 February 18:00 - 20:00
The popular image of the Suffragettes positions them in London, fighting policemen outside the House of Commons. However, Aberdeen had its own branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), its in fights with policemen, disruption of political meetings and visits from Mrs Pankhurst and her daughters.
Aberdeen also holds a unique collection of correspondence between the local branch leader, Caroline Phillips, and the leadership in London. This talk investigates how Caroline Phillips attempted to persuade Mrs Pankhurst that Aberdeen's special circumstances meant different tactics were needed - and how Mrs Pankhurst responded.
Sarah Pedersen is the author of 'The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press' and is Professor of Communication and Media at Robert Gordon University. She is a frequent presenter on the subjects of the Suffragettes and the history of women at the start of the 20th century.
To book a place at this free event, email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk.