Seminars

24th November 2021: Book Launch Event – The Politics of Women’s Suffrage: Local, National, and International Dimensions

Book Launch: Dr. Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Dr. Lyndsey Jenkins, ‘The Politics of Women’s Suffrage: Local, National, and International Dimensions’

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 4pm GMT

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Join us on Wednesday, 24 November 2021 at 4pm GMT to celebrate the launch of Dr. Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Dr. Lyndsey Jenkins’s new book, The Politics of Women’s Suffrage: Local, National, and International Dimensions!

The event will kick off with an introduction by Dr. Hughes-Johnson and Dr. Jenkins, followed by talks by some of the book’s contributors, including Dr. Kate Connelly, Dr. Helen Sunderland, and Tania Shrew. There will then be a twenty-minute Q&A, concluding with an informal drinks session at the end of the event.

The Politics of Women’s Suffrage: Local, National, and International Dimensions (University of London Press, 2021)

Women’s suffrage was the most significant challenge to the constitution since 1832, seeking not only to settle demands for inclusion and justice but to expand and redefine definitions of citizenship. Women did not aim at piecemeal reform but systemic structural transformation, and knew that in order to achieve this, they had to effectively navigate the political system at local, national and international levels. At the same time, women recognised the limitations of existing politics, and attempted to redefine the nature of politics itself.

From 1832 to the present day, from the countryside in Wales to the Comintern in Moscow, from America to Finland and Ireland to Australia, from the girls’ school to the stage, we examine how women sought to work within, and remake, political systems and structures. Bringing together early career and established scholars, this collection represents some of the most exciting work emerging from the 2018 centenary of women’s suffrage in Britain, building on the significant feminist scholarship on suffrage and reshaping the conversation for a new generation. 

About the Authors

Alexandra Hughes-Johnson is a Research Associate at the University of Oxford and a Research Portfolio Manager at the Economic and Social Research Council, UK Research and Innovation. She completed her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, where her research focused on the women’s suffrage movement in Wimbledon and the political career of Rose Lamartine Yates. Her research interests more broadly include women’s memorialization of the British women’s suffrage campaign and women’s interwar political activism.

Lyndsey Jenkins is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London researching post-war Labour women MPs. She is a historian of women, politics, and social change. Her first book, Lady Constance Lytton: Aristocrat, Suffragette, Martyr, was a Sunday Times biography of the year and shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed/Biographer’s Club Best First Biography Prize. She earned her PhD from Wolfson College, Oxford, in 2018, and the resulting monograph, Sisters and Sisterhood: The Kenney Family, Class and Suffrage c.1890-1965 was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. She was awarded the Caroline Spurgeon Award from the British Federation of Women Graduates in 2017. She is a former civil servant and government speechwriter.

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