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Language, Gender and Politics

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Image credit: Nancy Astor standing in the back of a car and talking to a man in the crowd at Clare Buildings, Coxside in 1919 © Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage)

This half day event is the first in an AHRC funded project to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, entitled What Difference did the War make? Women, Suffrage, Politics and the First World War.

Working with partners at the University of Lincoln and the Parliament's Vote 100 project. The University of Plymouth will host two public lectures and a round table discussion aimed at provoking new debates about women and parliamentary politics a century after the first women voters. Language, Gender and Politics will be held in the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, close to the Sutton constituency of Nancy Astor, the first woman to take up a seat in the House of Commons. There will be two keynote lectures:
• Jacqui Turner (University of Reading) ‘An Unconventional MP' THe highs and lows of Nancy Astor's first decade in Parliment, 1919 - 1929
• Angela K. Smith (University of Plymouth) ‘The Relationship Between the First World War and the Campaign for Women’s suffrage’
These keynotes will be followed by a Round Table discussion on the topic of ‘language, Gender and Politics: then and now’, taking the life and legacy of Astor as a starting point. Panellists will include, Linda Gilroy (Labour), Caroline Voaden (Lib Dem), Luke Pollard (Labour), Sarah-jane Sewell (Conservative), Jacqui Turner and Babs Horton (novelist), and the discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

This even will be free, but advance registration will be required as space is limited.

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