The Glens of Antrim Historical Society welcomes Dr Margaret Ward of The Queen’s University Belfast who will give a talk entitled “The Ulster Suffragettes” in The Parish Centre, Cushendall on Friday October 25th at 8.30pm.
A century ago, a passionate crowd packed the Ulster Hall to hear the leader of the Suffragette Movement, Emmeline Pankhurst demand votes for women. Sir Edward Carson was a major target for the anger of the Suffragettes at a time when Ireland was on the brink of civil war over the Home Rule crisis. He fervently opposed the rights of women to vote, while openly advocating rebellion.
The women risked prison and physical attack in their struggle for equality.
Dr Ward discusses some of the key personalities in the Suffragette Movement in Ulster at the time.