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Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage


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INTRODUCTION 1. THE EARLY YEARS The New Woman X The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: The 1866 Petition X The Cause behind the Campaign X 2. THE CAMPAIGN National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies X Women's Social & Political Union X Women's Freedom League X 3. THE ANTIs National League for Opposing Women's Suffrage X The Arguments Against X 4. ART FOR VOTES' SAKE Annie Swynnerton XX Sylvia Pankhurst XX Ernestine Mills XX Olive Hockin XX Edith Hinchley XX May Morris XX Emily Ford XX Clemence Housman XX A Patriot (Alfred Pearse) XX Flying Colours: Suffrage Banners XX Mary Lowndes XX Photographers XX Lena Connell XX The Anti League in Art XX 5. PERFORMING WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE Revolting Women: The Monstrous Regiments XX Joan of Arc XX Pilgrimage XX Funeral X 6. ACTING UP! THE ACTRESSES FRANCHISE LEAGUE Actresses, Writers and Stage Designers Inez Bensusan XX Ellen Terry Cicely Hamilton XX Edith Craig XX Christopher St John XX Elizabeth Robins XX Pamela Colman Smith XX Some other feminist theatres The Pioneer Players XX The Play Actors XX The Propaganda Players XX Performances at WSPU's Women's Suffrage Exhibition, Princes' Skating Rink, Knightsbridge for 13-26 May 1909 XX Performances at National WSPU's Christmas Fair and Festival, 1911 XX Other Players: Lena Ashwell XX Elizabeth Baker XX Jenny (Mrs Herbert) Cohen XX Jess Dorynne XX Beatrice Forbes Robertson XX Gertrude Elliott XX Gabrielle Enthoven XX Rosina Filippi XX Beatrice Harraden XX Kate Harvey XX Bessie Hatton XX Marian Emma Holmes XX Annie Horniman XX Laurence Housman XX Violet Hunt XX Gertrude Jennings XX Dame Madge Kendal XX Dame Edith Lyttelton XX Margaret Mack XX Winifred Mayo XX Lillah McCarthy XX M. Slieve McGowan XX Decima Moore XX Eva Moore XX Margaret Wynne Nevinson XX Adela Pankhurst XX 'George Paston' XX Madeleine Lucette Ryley XX Sime Seruya XX Athene Seyler XX Mabel Annie St Clair Stobart XX Sybil Thorndyke XX Irene Vanbrugh XX Violet Vanbrugh XX Vera Wentworth XX Edith Zangwill XX Israel Zangwill XX 7. MUSIC March of the Women XX Ethel Smyth XX 8. SPREADING THE WORD Platform Speakers XX Lady Frances Balfour XX Rose Lamartine Yates XX The Garden Party XX 9. FORMS OF PROTEST Tax Resistance XX Census Boycott XX The Argument of the Broken Window XX Kitty Marion XX Lilian Lenton XX Hunger Strikes XX 10. OFF WITH CORSETS! THE FASHION REVOLUTION 11. GILDING THE LILY Badges XX Presentation Jewellery XX Personal Jewellery XX 12.CONTEMPORARYRESPONSESTO THESUFFRAGE MOVEMENT Television XX Theatre XX Art XX Ann Dingsdale and the 1866 Women's Suffrage Petition History Recorded in the Subversive Stitch Four Generations XX 13. 1832-1928: THREE GENERATIONS OF WOMEN DEDICATE THEIR LIVES TO WINNING EQUALITY 14. THE LONG CENTURY OF CATCHING UP FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE APPENDIX XX ANTHEMS OF THE SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT XX

About the Author

Irene Cockroft is an independent exhibition curator, author and lecturer specialising in the story of women's involvement in the late 19th and early 20th-century Arts & Crafts and Suffrage movements. Irene is the great-niece of suffrage artist and enameller Ernestine Mills (1871-1959). She represents a direct link with the Women's Suffrage campaign. Her writing includes New Dawn Women - Women In The Arts & Crafts and Suffrage Movements At The Dawn Of The 20th Century (Watts Gallery, 2005). Dr Susan Croft has done extensive research and published widely on women playwrights. Her work includes Classic Plays by Women (Aurora Metro Books, 2010); Votes for Women and other plays (Aurora Metro Books, 2009) and She Also Wrote Plays (Faber 2001). From 1997 to 2005 she was the Curator of Contemporary Performance at the Theatre Museum in London.


What a fabulous book. Certainly recommend it strongly when I give talks, etc. Great there's so much in it about their marketing strategies, use of visual devices, etc and the strong staging opportunities such as Emily D's funeral. They were so much before their time.' Susan Homewood, Sylvia Pankhurst Trust ... this is not a book about the gesture. It's a story of connected and concerted bravery... a compelling reminder of a fierce and quietly-neglected artistic movement. Exeunt Magazine

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