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Fascinating list of things you may not know about the suffrage movement from Reading University’s Jacqui Turner

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10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Suffragettes

Published BBC History Extra, Monday 12th October 2015

Passionate about women’s rights, in 1903 the suffragettes of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) split from the suffragists of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) to follow the militant agenda “deeds not words”. In the years that followed, these women took radical steps to force a change in the laws in Britain for women…

Suffragette demonstration banner, 25 April 1906. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Tess Billington carries a banner during a demonstration in the Ladies Gallery in the House of Commons, London, 25 April 1906. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

But how much do we really know about the Suffragettes? Here, Dr Jacqui Turner from the University of Reading reveals some lesser-known facts about the political movement…

1) Women did not get the vote on the same terms as men in 1918

Many people assume that, as a direct result of…

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