New-Bridge ‘Suffragettes’ welcome visitors to Open Day

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Head of History Ms Harrison and History student teacher Miss Irvine revisited the History books and in traditional style costumes were on hand to welcome visitors to our Open day on Saturday 18th January 2014.  Visitors were taken back in time to explore a variety of historical events including the ‘Suffragette’ Movement.   See Gallery for more pictures from our Open Day.

The move for women to have the vote had really started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage. “Suffrage” means the right to vote and that is what women wanted – hence its inclusion in Fawcett’s title.

Millicent Fawcett believed in peaceful protest. She felt that any violence or trouble would persuade men that women could not be trusted to have the right to vote. Her game plan was patience and logical arguments. Fawcett argued that women could hold responsible posts in society such as sitting on school boards – but could not be trusted to vote; she argued that if parliament made laws and if women had to obey those laws, then women should be part of the process of making those laws; she argued that as women had to pay taxes as men, they should have the same rights as men and one of her most powerful arguments was that wealthy mistresses of large manors and estates employed gardeners, workmen and labourers who could vote……..but the women could not regardless of their wealth…..


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