To commemorate the centenary of the passing of The Representations of The Peoples Act 1918, our annual public lecture series this year celebrates women from the north west of the U.K whose work impacted on the lives of generations in the 19th and 20th centuries.
With Dr Michael Lambert, University of Liverpool
The struggle for women’s rights was one of many pressing issues which faced late Victorian and Edwardian Liverpool from 1890 to 1920. Political clashes between Protestants and Catholics were increasingly redirected to the police and the city’s mercantile elite, culminating in a general strike in 1911. Economic changes were dramatically altering the face of Liverpool’s waterfront, and affected the lives of dockers and those dependent upon shipping for a living. Social change was also afoot with the increasing involvement of women in public life, and the rise of labour organisation. Drunkenness, slum housing, prostitution and crime meant Liverpool obtained a reputation as the ‘Black spot on the Mersey’. This lecture offers an overview of work, life and leisure in Liverpool during the time of Suffrage.