Events for 1st March 2018
To celebrate the centenary of the partial right to vote and in advance of International Women’s Day, Asia House is delighted to host an evening discussion on the vital role of Asian women in the Suffragette Movement and beyond.
Helen Pankhurst, women’s rights activist and great granddaughter of Emmeline, will be in conversation with award-winning author Shahida Rahman.
It is clear that a lot has changed for women over the past 100 years. From the early 20th Century Suffragette movement through to this year’s #metoo and Time’s Up campaigns, there is no doubt that progress has been made in providing women with more of a platform to be heard.
However, as women’s movements continue to come under fire for their lack of diversity, this is also reflected in the historical examination of women’s suffrage, where the contribution of Asian women is often overlooked.
Shahida and Helen will be in conversation, discussing the Asian women that have emerged through their respective research, taking a long lens into the past but also looking at women’s experiences today. This will start with the role of the Asian Suffragettes Princess Sophia Duleep Singh and Bhikaiji Cama and also explore other pioneers such as Mrs Desai who fought for equal pay and trade union acknowledgement in the Grunwick dispute. Beyond the experiences of famous Asian women the discussion will involve the audience in exploring issues of continuity and change in the position of Asian women in Britain; as well as the hopes and aspirations to 2028 – the centenary of equal franchise.Find out more »