Suffragettes Forever! the Story of Women and Power

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History Documentary hosted by Amanda Vickery, published by BBC in 2015 - English narration

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Suffragettes Forever! The Story of Women and Power Historian Amanda Vickery uncovers the 300 year-long campaign by women for political and sex equality in Britain, revealing the largely forgotten heroines (and a few heroes) who fought for the cause. In this series, historian Amanda Vickery explores why, in the early 20th century, thousands of British women joined a violent militant organisation. In the struggle for women's political rights in Britain, the most iconic are the suffragettes - but for Vickery the story begins long before these Edwardian activists.

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Historian Amanda Vickery explores why in the early 20th century thousands of British women joined a militant organisation, examining how the suffragette campaign was the inevitable conclusion of a fight that women had been pursuing for hundreds of years. In the first programme, she describes how the law meant a wife was the property of her husband - who could beat, rape or even sell her to another man if he so chose - but the revolutionary politics of the late 18th century opened the door to women's rights.

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Amanda Vickery examines the development of women's rights during the reign of Queen Victoria, revealing how the spurned mistress of a prime minister won the first piece of modern feminist legislation in the form of child custody rights for mothers. The historian also looks at how an activist got the age of consent raised and helped to overthrow pernicious laws against prostitutes, and explores why a certain Mrs Pankhurst and her daughters decided it was time to resort to deeds not words.

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Amanda explores how the Edwardian suffragettes started to employ violence to ensure their message was heard, examining what they achieved with these tactics and arguing they are best understood as part of a war still going on today. The historian also looks at the enemies of women's rights, from prime minister Herbert Asquith to the furious anti-suffrage societies and their mass meetings in the Royal Albert Hall, and describes the political manoeuvring that went on to stop women getting the vote.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4.1
  • Video Bitrate: 3018 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.778 (16:9)
  • Video Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Audio Codec: AAC LC
  • Audio English
  • Audio Bitrate: 160 kb/s VBR 48 KHz
  • Audio Channels: Stereo 2
  • Run-Time: 59mins
  • Framerate: 25 fps
  • Number of Parts: 3
  • Container Mp4
  • Part Size: 1.31 GB
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: Harry65

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