On the outbreak of the Great War the militant suffragettes of the Women’s Social and Political Union immediately stopped their forceful actions on behalf of Votes for Women in order to place their energies strongly behind the war effort. Emmeline Pankhurst believed that there was little point in arguing the case for the franchise when the whole fabric of the nation was threatened by world conflict. Instead she urged her women’s army of suffragettes to engage in patriotic endeavours and war work and she worked in collaboration with Lloyd George when he was elected to the Premiership to encourage as many women as were able to rally to the call of the Home Front’s demands.
The exhibition ‘Soldiers and Suffragettes: the Photography of Christina Broom’ at the Museum of London Docklands showcases the work of this press photographer and offers some intriguing insights into the war time patriotism of both the soldiers on the front line and the women on the front line of the feminist movement.
The exhibition ends on 1 November 2015.
Broom is regarded as the UK’s first female press photographer, a self-taught businesswoman whose work is now on public display for the first time.
Introduction to Christina Broom by Anna Sparham (2014)
Thank you to the Friends of The Women’s Library for highlighting this exhibition. Dr Maureen Wright – we would encourage those interested in women’s history and political rights to visit the exhibition. Send us your future events which you think would be of interest to researchers in this area. No spammers please.
Article first published 19/9/2015