Votes for Women quiz

For more than a century before women finally won the right to vote, people argued for and against women's rights. Have a close look at these people and decide who said what; the answers may surprise you.

Click the button next to who you think said those words. The answer to that question will appear instantly; your final score will appear once you have answered all five questions.

Queen Victoria, replica by Sir George Hayter, 1863 (1838) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Queen Victoria
replica by Sir George Hayter
1863 (1838)
NPG 1250

"Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience": whose political programme was that?

A. Queen Victoria
B. Mary Wollstonecraft

'by enlarging it' = 'by letting women have an education'
Mary Wollstonecraft, by John Opie, circa 1797 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Wollstonecraft
by John Opie
circa 1797
NPG 1237

John Stuart Mill, replica by George Frederic Watts, 1873 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

John Stuart Mill
replica by George Frederic Watts
NPG 1009

"The real question is whether it is right and expedient that one half of the human race should pass through life in an enforced subordination to the other half". Good point; but who made it: husband or wife?

A. John Stuart Mill
B. Harriet Taylor Mill

'expedient' = 'necessary or useful'
Harriet Mill, by Unknown artist, circa 1834 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Harriet Mill
by Unknown artist
circa 1834
NPG 5489

William Ewart Gladstone, by William Currey, 6 August 1877 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Ewart Gladstone
by William Currey
6 August 1877
NPG x12503

"If there be a subject ... that is sacred; it is the character and position of women". Who was keenest on keeping women in their sacred - if unfair - position?

A. William Gladstone
B. Millicent Garrett Fawcett

Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold), by Julian Russell Story, 1889 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold)
by Julian Russell Story
NPG 2650

"The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics". Now, that's a shattering comment; but who made it?

A. Mrs Humphry Ward
B. Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst, by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury, 1927 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Emmeline Pankhurst
by Georgina Agnes Brackenbury
NPG 2360

George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross (née Evans)), replica by François D

George Eliot (Mary Ann Cross (née Evans))
replica by François D'Albert Durade
NPG 1405

"I'm not denying that women are foolish, God Almighty made'em to match men". Ouch! But whose joke is it?

A. George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
B. Sylvia Pankhurst
Sylvia Pankhurst, by Sylvia Pankhurst, circa 1907-1910 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Sylvia Pankhurst
by Sylvia Pankhurst
circa 1907-1910
NPG 4999

This activity relates to Citizenship at Key Stage 3, Unit 12, Why do women and some men have to struggle for the vote in Britain? What is the point of voting today? and QCA Schemes of Work for Key Stage 3 History, Unit 16, The franchise: why did it take so much longer for British women to get the vote?