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Race, Female Suffrage, and Parliamentary Representation in the Global South

9 February 2018 - 10:15 am - 14:45 pm

Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 2PW

Strategies for Gender and Racial Equality in the Political Arena

Supported by History & Policy, PolicyBristol, and Vote100.

How can global and historical movements for women’s political rights provide models for achieving racial and gender equality in the British political arena?

On the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, this one-day workshop will explore the ways in which past and contemporary movements, especially featuring women of colour and women in the global south, can be applied to current issues regarding voting and parliamentary representation. The session will include papers delivered by a number of historians and social scientists, whose discussions will draw upon examples that include Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, India, and South Africa. Sam Smethers (Chief Executive, Fawcett Society) and Frances Scott (Founder, 50:50 Parliament) will also provide discussion on current policy and campaigning practices. Through collaborative discussion between academics, policy-makers and political activists, the session will consider the ways in which these global and historical movements can be used to attain greater equality and diversity in the British political arena.

A (free) light lunch will be provided to all participants. Please notify any dietary restrictions to

A visit to see the suffrage artwork ‘New Dawn’ by Mary Branson, accompanied by the commissioning curator, Melanie Unwin, will also be available during the lunch break – spaces are limited for this so please sign up when registering.

IMPORTANT: a note on how to access the venue

This workshop is open to any campaigners, academics, or interested members of the public. Please email for further details. 

The venue will be the Jubilee Room. Please note that places are limited and that you will need to go through an airport style security search before entry. We will be operating a waiting list, so if you are unable to attend please let the organisers know as soon as possible. Guests should enter Parliament via the Cromwell Green visitor entrance (No 8 on the attached map) and proceed to Westminster Hall, where they should then ask for directions to the Jubilee Room.

Full details about planning your visit to Parliament, including security check details (including a list prohibited items) and maps can be found here

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History & Policy/University of Bristol

Speakers, chairs and respondents will include:

Jad Adams, Author of Women and the Vote: A World History (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Professor Sarah Childs, Professor of Politics and Gender, Birkbeck, University of London

Dr Lucy Delap, Reader in Modern British and Gender History, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

Dr Rachel Johnson, Lecturer in Modern African History, University of Durham

Dr Sumita Mukherjee, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Bristol

Dr Cassia Roth, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Frances Scott, Founder and director of 50:50 Parliament

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society

Dr Carole Spary, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham

Dr Imaobong Umoren, Assistant Professor, Department of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


10:15 am - 14:45 pm

Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 2PW
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