Suffragettes: History or the Future?


2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the Act which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. It is also 40 years since Trinity admitted its first female undergraduates. Trinity Women’s Network are pleased to invite you to their autumn event to celebrate these two democratic milestones. You can hear about a Trinity alumnus’ involvement in the original suffrage movement, discuss how far movements for gender equality have come, and how far they may still have to go.

Join us for lunch, a private view of the exhibition in the Wren Library, and what is sure to be a fascinating and lively discussion chaired by Professor Boyd Hilton (e1974) – Emeritus Professor of Modern British History.

The Trinity connection:

In the early 20th century,Trinity alumnus Frederick Pethick-Lawrence and his wife Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence become well-known suffrage campaigners, founding and co-editing the newspaper Votes for Women, supporting the Women’s Social and Political Union (WPSU) led by Emmeline and Christine Pankhurst, and enduring imprisonment and force-feeding whilst on hunger strike.  An archive of their involvement was exhibited in the Wren Library in 2016 and will be remounted especially for this event.


Lucy Delap is a Reader in Modern British and Gender history at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College.  She has published widely on the history of feminism, gender, labour and religion, including the prize-winning The Feminist Avant-Garde: Transatlantic Encounters of the early twentieth century in 2007, Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth Century Britain in 2011, and with Sue Morgan, Men, Masculinities and Religious Change in Twentieth Century Britain in 2013. She is currently working on a history of modern feminism titled Feminism: a useable history (forthcoming Penguin Books), and is a senior editor of History and Policy.

Anna, a third year student at Trinity College, is currently reading History focusing on her particular interest in American political history. As the Student Union’s Women’s Officer, she represents and supports the women and non-binary people across the student body. Anna is also President of Trinity Feminist Society, which runs events for people interested in feminism and political activism.


11:30 am


11:45 am

Exhibition in the Wren Library

12:30 pm

Pre-Luncheon Drinks Reception

1:00 pm

Luncheon in the Old Kitchen

2:30 pm

Panel Discussion

4:00 pm