On February 6th 1918, The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. On the 14th December 1918, 8.5 million women voted for the first time in a General Election. To celebrate this historic event we've made a short film on two remarkable suffragettes, Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. Check out their incredible story below then dig deeper into our resources on suffragettes, women's history and feminism.
Endell Street: A Suffragette Story
This free course focuses on one example of democratic protest: the campaign to extend the vote to women in the UK. In the course you'll be introduced to two key figures in the campaign, Ada Nield Chew and May Billinghurst, and you'll look at the ways in which the Women's Social and Political Union, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and the First World War shaped and affected the battle for the vote.Learn more ❯The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK
How did women (including suffragettes) help wounded soldiers in the First World War? Dr Sara Haslam explores this question, drawing on her research into the War Library and the library at Endell Street Military Hospital.Read now ❯‘Literary Caregiving’: The War Library and Endell Street Military Hospital Library
Jo Gill believes a history of American anti-feminist sentiment can explain how Hillary Clinton was defeated in the US Presidential election.Watch now ❯Did Donald Trump ride a tide of anti-feminism to the White House?
In the last century which women writers have truly challenged the existing forms of literature? How did they make their voices heard using brand new techniques and styles? For centuries there have been women writers who have changed the face of literature, but we tend to talk of their lives and work in very certain terms. This series of video-slideshows reveals how writing and reputation are often forged in transition, uncertainty and change. In these 4 films we re-examine the lives, work and influence of: Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield and Jeanette Winterson. This material forms part of the Open University course A300 20th century literature: texts and debates.Watch now ❯Women Writers: Voices in Transition
How have individual female scientists contributed to the advancement of science through time? To celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (March 8th) and to mark International Year of Chemistry 2011, The Open University asked some of the female scientists currently working in its Faculty of Science, to nominate their personal choice of outstanding woman of science. The female scientists nominated include several Nobel Prize Laureates, such as Marie Curie, Dorothy Hodgkin and American geneticist, Barbara McClintock. The academics also talk about their own experiences of being a woman in the sciences today.Listen now ❯Women in Science
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If you are interested in reading between the lines, and being challenged by new ideas and ways of seeing, then this course is for you. English literature is a broad, accessible and important subject. On this course you'll study an exciting range of texts from many different periods and settings, including novels, drama and poetry, and discover an exciting variety of approaches for reading and interpreting them. You will develop your skills of analysis and communication, which will enable you to take a fresh look at familiar texts, and to encounter new texts and ideas with confidence.Learn more ❯BA (Honours) English Literature
This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You'll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender. In doing so you'll learn the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.Learn more ❯BA (Honours) History
This degree course offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage. Key features of the course: Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama. Develop and reflect on your own writing practice At Stage 3 have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study Learn the skills of complex argument and critical commentary, which are highly valued in the workplaceRead more❯BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing