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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 image of the person 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.

Question 1

"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'

Question 2

"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'

Question 3

"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

Question 4

"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

Question 5

"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

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?

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