On May 1st, thirteen members of WDU3A had a very interesting trip to Killerton House to view the exhibition ”Branded Fashion, Feminism and The Right to Vote”.
The exhibition commemorates the 100 years since women were given the vote and details how Devon women and the Acland family in particular helped the campaign. I could give a detailed description of the exhibition but urge instead that you go and see it for yourself – it is open until November 4th.
Two things which struck me were the explanation of the difference between the Suffragettes and the Suffragists, and the fact that because there were 1 million more women than men in England at the time, those who were against women getting the vote thought that women would overrun parliament and take over the Empire. There’s a thought to ponder on!
Go and visit the exhibition and see what you think and many thanks to Jane Whitehead for organising such an enjoyable and illuminating day.