To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Houses of Parliament is running a series of free events in Portcullis House in March 2016.
Tickets for the following events are free but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite:
‘Alice Hawkins: A Suffragette’, a talk by Peter Barratt
- Tuesday 1 March 2016 at 6pm, Macmillan Room
Born in 1863, Alice Hawkins lived most of her life in Leicester. A mother of six and shoe machinist by trade, Alice was determined to have an equal say in the democracy of the day. An active member of the Women's Social and Political Union she was imprisoned five times in all in her struggle. Alice was also a founding member of the Women's Labour League, the Labour Party's original women's section. Alice's fascinating story is told by her great grandson, Peter Barratt.
International Women’s Day lecture - ‘A Most Independent Member’: Eleanor Rathbone MP (1872 - 1946), by Dr Susan Cohen
- Tuesday 8 March 2016 at 6pm, Attlee Suite
The subject of this year’s Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art’s International Women’s Day Lecture is Eleanor Rathbone. Rathbone is an unsung heroine of the twentieth century and 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of her death. This lecture by Dr Susan Cohen, historian and author of ‘Rescue the Perishing: Eleanor Rathbone and the Refugees’ (2010) and co-founder of the Remembering Eleanor Rathbone Group, celebrates Eleanor Rathbone's life and embraces her diverse humanitarian activism.
‘March’: A Glasgow Women’s Library and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland film with accompanying talk
- Monday 14 March 2016 at 6pm, Macmillan Room
The film ‘March’ documents the large scale, public art event ‘March of Women’ spilling out onto the streets of Bridgeton on the eve of International Women’s Day 2015. Taking Cicely Hamilton’s popular suffragette play ‘A Pageant of Great Women’ as a starting point, the diverse community of women in Glasgow in 2015 is brought to the screen, celebrating the lives and achievements of Scotland. The film will be followed by a talk by Dr Adele Patrick of the Glasgow Women’s Library about the making of the film.
‘Muriel Matters!’: Film starring Brooke Satchwell and written and directed by Sonia Bible with accompanying talk
- Monday 21 March 2016 at 6pm, Macmillan Room
The story of an Australian woman who came to London and became a suffragette. Muriel Matters was an actress from Adelaide who arrived in London in 1905. She joined the campaign for Votes for Women and undertook a number of daring exploits including chaining herself to the Ladies Gallery in the House of Commons. A member of the Women's Freedom League Muriel Matters was, like many others, imprisoned as the result of her campaigning exploits. Dr Clare Eustance from the University of Greenwich will give a short talk on the Women’s Freedom League before the film.
Suffragette Season tours
To complement the Women's History Month talks and film screenings, a season of Suffragette themed tours between 6 February and 6 April 2016 are now available to book.
Image: © Glasgow Women’s Library, photographer Sarah Amy Fishlock