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In this six part series, we reflect on those who campaigned for better representation; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes. We explore what it means to vote and how else you can make your voice heard. We ask is it ever acceptable to break the law in protest? And how far have we really come in 100 years? Presented by Programme Officer and suffrage expert Helen Antrobus, the podcast series covers a section of the exhibition in each episode, exploring key objects and archives in depth.

In this six part series, we reflect on those who campaigned for better representation; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes. We explore what it means to vote and how else you can make your voice heard. We ask is it ever acceptable to break the law in protest? And how far have we really come in 100 years? Presented by Programme Officer and suffrage expert Helen Antrobus, the podcast series covers a section of the exhibition in each episode, exploring key objects and archives in depth.
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In this six part series, we reflect on those who campaigned for better representation; most famously the suffragists and the militant suffragettes. We explore what it means to vote and how else you can make your voice heard. We ask is it ever acceptable to break the law in protest? And how far have we really come in 100 years? Presented by Programme Officer and suffrage expert Helen Antrobus, the podcast series covers a section of the exhibition in each episode, exploring key objects and archives in depth.

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English


Episodes

Episode Six - Legacy

1/30/2019
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In this final episode, Helen Antrobus reflects on the activists of a century ago and compares this to activists fighting today. She asks how far have we come in 100 years and how far do we still have to go? Helen questions what it means to be a feminist today and explores the popularity of items such as t-shirts made by the Fawcett Society emblazoned with the phrase, ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. Helen explores contemporary campaigns such as the campaign to Repeal the Eighth...

Duration:00:12:20

Episode Five - Media

1/17/2019
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The fifth episode looks at the role of the media in representing and misrepresenting individuals and communities. Historically the suffrage campaigners understood the role of media in raising the profile of their campaigns. In this episode, Helen Antrobus examines both pro and anti-women’s suffrage cartoons and newspapers and reflects on the tragic death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson, who died as she was struck by the King’s horse at Epsom Derby. Helen also looks at recent campaigns...

Duration:00:11:38

Episode Four - Breaking the law

1/10/2019
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In this fourth episode, Helen Antrobus reflects on the legacy of the Suffragettes who broke the law in protest at women being denied the right to vote. In particular, she explores the experiences of working-class suffragette, Selina Martin, whose hunger strike medal and personal letters are displayed in Represent! Helen also explores objects from recent protests, including a ‘Time’s Up Theresa’ jumpsuit worn by a member of Sisters Uncut during their 2018 BAFTA’s protest and an armband worn a...

Duration:00:16:57

Episode Three - Voice

1/3/2019
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The third episode focuses on the ways people make their voices heard beyond the ballot box. In this episode, Helen particularly focuses on marching as a form of protest; from the 1913 Suffragist Pilgrimage for women’s voting rights to the 2017 worldwide protest the Women’s March protesting against the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. As well as placards collected by PHM following the Manchester Women’s March Helen explores key items of protest on display in the Represent! Voices...

Duration:00:12:18

Episode Two - Vote

12/28/2018
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This second episode examines parliament today. It asks how representative parliament really is and what has changed since the election of the first female MP in 1918. In this episode, Helen studies a 1929 election poster, the first in which women could vote on an equal basis to men. She explores why some people do not use their vote in 2018 and discusses campaigns like ‘Bite the Ballot’ that promote democratic engagement. She also highlights how women in power have been treated and...

Duration:00:14:05

Episode One - 1918

12/21/2018
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In this first episode, Helen Antrobus examines the importance of the Representation of the People Act (1918) in the history of British democracy and the fight for equality. In this bumper episode, PHM Conservator Kloe Rumsey joins Helen as they uncover the stories behind amazing objects on display in the Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition including the 1908 Manchester suffragette banner, a 1906 Labour Party photograph and a 1926 Margaret Ashton portrait.

Duration:00:39:04