Image courtesy of The Women's Library, LSE
Jill Liddington, Elizabeth Crawford
The 1911 census, released in 2009, is of particular interest to historians. Additional columns recorded for the first time the number of years a woman had been married, her children still living and those who had died. Moreover, the census was taken at a time of heightened political momentum. The Liberal government pushed for ambitious welfare reforms; at the same time, the Votes for Women campaign was growing vigorously. Suffrage organizations decided to boycott the census in protest at women’s exclusion from the franchise.
Women do not count, neither shall they be counted’: Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the 1911 Census
Professor Sarah Richardson, Warwick University
This week is the 100th anniversary of The Representation of the People Act of 1918 – making it legal for some women to vote in national elections for the first time. There is no doubt that for every woman – and man – in the UK, this is something to celebrate. But as with all great moments in history it is embedded in a complicated tissue of politics, propaganda and personal stories.
Five things about Women and the Vote
Women played a vital role in the campaign to abolish slavery, although they themselves lacked even the right to vote. Their campaign techniques were employed to great effect in the struggle for suffrage.
Women: From Abolition to the Vote
No Vote, No Census, The National Archives
The National Archives held a one day conference at Kew on Saturday 1 October 2011. The conference brought together an audience wanting to know more about the census, from genealogists to local and social historians.
The conference looked at all aspects of the census and at what this rich source of information can tell us about our ancestors and society through the ages. Speakers included specialist staff from The National Archives, academics and professional genealogists. Ancestry, Findmypast and Genesreunited also offered hands-on workshops on census searching.
Endless Endeavours: from the 1866 women's suffrage petition to the Fawcett Society
Some people are inclined to begin a subdued kind of agitation for the franchise: the evolution of the women’s suffrage movement, 1866-1928. From its quiet and uncertain beginnings in 1866 the women’s suffrage movement gathered momentum through the 19th century until in the early 20th it became one of the topical issues of the day.
Mapping Women's Suffrage, The National Archives
Tara Morton, Professor Sarah Richardson and Elizabeth Crawford
This podcast was recorded during an event held at The National Archives in Kew in 2017 for a trial phase of Mapping Women’s Suffrage, developed for the suffrage centenary celebrations of 2018 – 100 years after women’s partial enfranchisement. The trial helped established the ethos of the current project which creates a legacy of accessible data on the locations and lives of Votes for Women campaigners across the country in 1911 to mark 100 years in 2028, since women attained the vote on the same terms as men. With thanks and acknowledgements to The National Archives whose 1911 census records underpin the Mapping Women’s Suffrage project.