Annie Kenney is widely known as the first woman to go to prison in the fight for the vote. However her sisters – Mary, Nell, Alice, Caroline, Jane and Jessie – are barely known, although four of the sisters also joined the battle for the vote. Nell was an organiser struggling with illness, Caroline and Jane combined suffrage activism with their pioneering work for educational and social reform, Jessie forged a career at the very heart of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), and Annie was far more significant than she is given credit for, leading the movement during its most violent phase, and sacrificing her health to the cause. As well as telling these incredible stories, speaker Lyndsey Jenkins will ask how an understanding of the Kenney sisters’ position in the WSPU transforms our understanding of the militant suffrage movement itself.
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