Date(s) - 1st April 2024
Title of Talk: Lydia Becker and her pioneering role in the Suffrage Movement
By Joanna Williams
Joanna tells the forgotten story of a suffragist, scientist and trailblazer; the feisty and single-minded Lydia Becker (1827 – 1890). Lydia was a leader in the early British Suffrage movement, as well as an accomplished scientist who had regular correspondence with Charles Darwin. She established Manchester as a centre for the suffrage movement and, with Richard Pankhurst, arranged for the first woman to vote in a British election.
A fourteen year old Emmeline Pankhurst was taken by her mother to a women’s suffrage meeting in Manchester. She recalled in her 1914 autobiography that she heard ‘the great Miss Lydia Becker’ speak and as a result she came out ‘a conscious and confirmed suffragist’!
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