From its formation in 1867, the Edinburgh National Society for Women's Suffrage (ENSWS) campaigned for the parliamentary franchise to be given to women on the same terms as men. But long before the parliamentary franchise was offered to some women in 1918 - those over 30 meeting the required property qualification - women had been eligible to vote and stand for public office at municipal level. This right was granted successively for School Boards in 1872, Parish Councils in 1894, and Town and County Councils in 1907. This talk examines how Edinburgh suffrage campaigners supported women to seek election at municipal level, and outlines the role of women representatives on local bodies. Women's experience of public office both strengthened their argument for the parliamentary franchise, and provided a means of contributing to the formation of public policy.
Dr Esther Breitenbach is Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh. Previously Research Fellow in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, she has held research and teaching posts in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology since 2007.
Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 7pm
Augustine United Church,
41 George IV Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
There is access for the disabled and an induction loop at the hall.
Lectures are free to members (please show Membership Card at the door) and open to non-members paying a small fee (currently £5.00).