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The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK

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The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK

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.


This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course Y031 Arts and languages Access module.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • know about and understand the suffrage movement
  • utilise some of the skills involved in the study of history
  • use and analyse different types of sources, both primary and secondary
  • read and interpret information from a variety of media
  • think about and process information through description, explanation and analysis.

First Published: 04/03/2021

Updated: 04/03/2021

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