Deeds Not Words: The Suffragette Movement and My Lancashire Grandmother
Jane Crozier will talk about the Suffragettes through the experiences of her grandmother who was arrested for throwing stones through windows, twice went on hunger strike and was force fed in Holloway prison. After the provocative unfurling of a ‘Votes for Women’ banner at a political meeting in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, militant protest spread across the country.
In the period of greatest militant activity, 1903 – 1914, ‘Deeds not Words’ became the rallying cry, because words alone had fallen on deaf ears. Thus, a piece of family history illuminates aspects of the national picture in the fight for women’s suffrage.
This course will be supported by contemporary written documents which we shall read and discuss.
Dr. Jane Crozier holds several degrees in English and American Literature. She spent much of her career teaching adults in Further Education, also working as a visiting Tutor at the Institute of Education and as a Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London. When she moved to Somerset twelve years ago, she had the time to create courses for adults that follow her particular interests, most especially the poetry of place, the literature of landscape and pioneer women writers.
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