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Nancy Astor (in hat), the first woman to take her seat in parliament, on the campaign trail in Plymouth. “Once the vote was won, it was felt that all kinds of inequalities that women experienced would be swept away,” says June Purvis

The panel

June Purvis is emeritus professor of women’s and gender history at the University of Portsmouth. She has written extensively on the suffragette movement, including Christabel Pankhurst: A Biography (published by Routledge in January)

Jad Adams is a fellow of the School of Advanced Study, University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. His most recent book is Women and the Vote: A World History (OUP, 2014)

Did su ragette violence hasten victory? How critical to the campaign were the Pankhursts? And why did many women not want the franchise? On the centenary of the legislation of 1918, four historians answer the big questions on female su rage

Complements the BBC One documentary How Women Won the Vote

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Julia Bush is a former senior lecturer in history at the University of Northampton. Her books include Women Against the Vote: Female Anti-Suffragism in Britain (OUP, 2007)

Fern Riddell is a historian specialising in sex and suffrage. She is a consultant on the forthcoming BBC One documentary How Women Won the Vote

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