Lecture: Suffragettes: A Century of Direct Action
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7 March 2013, 13:15-14:00
Ondaatje Wing Theatre
Dame Christabel Pankhurst
by Richard George Mathews
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This summer marks 100 years since suffragette Emily Davidson threw herself under a horse at the Derby. Using portraits in the Gallery's Collection to tell the story of British suffragettes, Maleiha Malik, Professor of Law, Kings College, London will discuss how British suffragettes deployed direct political action in the cause of women's rights. As a result, they were often imprisoned and went on hunger strike. Some women, such as Kitty Marion, were force fed over 200 times. Through these acts of political resistance, the suffragettes impressed Gandhi and helped transform British parliamentary democracy. Maleiha Malik will also discuss how the Gallery itself became the site of direct suffragette political action with the destruction of the Thomas Carlyle portrait in 1914.