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'Dangers and Delusions'? Perspectives on the women's suffrage movement

The movement calling for women's right to vote in the United Kingdom was drawn out over several decades and generated intense differences of opinion, not only between those for and against electoral equality, but also within pro- and anti-suffrage campaigns. This exhibition drew on items held in UCL Special Collections - satirical commentaries, campaign literature, personal notes and petitions - to examine the actions and reactions surrounding the case for universal suffrage, from the 1860s up to the first legislative step towards equality for women: the Representation of the People Act, 1918.

The exhibition ran from February - December 2018.

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Exhibition catalogue title: 'Dangers and Delusions'? Perspectives on the women's suffrage movement

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Suffrage demonstration in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Photographs of an equal suffrage demonstration in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Suffrage demonstration in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Photographs of an equal suffrage demonstration in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Spare Rib: a women’s liberation magazine

Spare Rib: a women’s liberation magazine

Printed notice for a demonstration at St James's Hall

Printed notice for a demonstration at St James's Hall

Votes for women Vol 1 (Oct 1907 - Sept 1908)

Votes for women Vol 1 (Oct 1907 - Sept 1908)

Votes for women Vol 3 (New Series), No. 95

Votes for women Vol 3 (New Series), No. 95

Votes for women Vol 3 (New Series), No. 128

Votes for women Vol 3 (New Series), No. 128

Votes for women Vol 3 (New Series), No. 132

Votes for women Vol 3 (New Series), No. 132

A reply to Mr Gladstone

A reply to Mr Gladstone

Introduction to the principles of morals and legislation

Introduction to the principles of morals and legislation

Letter from John Stuart Mill to George Croom Robertson

Letter from John Stuart Mill to George Croom Robertson

An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet

An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet

An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet

An Anti-Suffrage Alphabet

Two letters from Alexandra Wright to Karl Pearson, 13 Dec 1907 and undated

Two letters from Alexandra Wright to Karl Pearson, 13 Dec 1907 and undated

Female Suffrage. A Letter from The Right Hon W E Gladstone MP to Samuel Smith

Female Suffrage. A Letter from The Right Hon W E Gladstone MP to Samuel Smith

Female Suffrage. A Letter from The Right Hon W E Gladstone MP to Samuel Smith

Female Suffrage. A Letter from The Right Hon W E Gladstone MP to Samuel Smith

Woman suffrage: its dangers and delusions

Woman suffrage: its dangers and delusions

Campaign material for Emily Phipps' campaign as a candidate in Chelsea

Campaign material for Emily Phipps' campaign as a candidate in Chelsea

Campaign material for Emily Phipps' campaign as a candidate in Chelsea

Campaign material for Emily Phipps' campaign as a candidate in Chelsea

Campaign material for Emily Phipps' campaign in Chelsea

Campaign material for Emily Phipps’ campaign in Chelsea

Photograph of Ms. Phipps and her helper Ms. [Adelaide] Jones

Photograph of Ms. Phipps and her helper Ms. [Adelaide] Jones

Minute Book of the Men and Women’s Club

Minute Book of the Men and Women’s Club

Minute book of the University College Women's Debating Society

Minute book of the University College Women's Debating Society

Student record cards

Student record cards

Pi

Pi