This Video summarizes the events.

The fight for the right to vote for British women.


  • 1832" Ordinary British men get the vote. Women don't.
  • 1897" Suffragists demand vote for women.
  • 1903" E. Pankhurst starts "Suffragette movement". They are more violent.
  • 1905" Suffragettes refuse to pay a fine. They go to prison.
  • 1910" November 19th. Black Friday. 120 people arrested.
  • 1913" Suffragettes become more violent they go to prison and deny to eat
  • 1914" First World War. Men go to fight women at work.
  • 1928" British Women over 21 are given vote.


Activity 1
(Work in Pairs)

Now you are going to investigate about the fight to vote for Spanish women. The Spanish history is more complicated because there is a period between 1939 and 1975 when no men or women had a right to vote since there was no democratic government at that period.

You will concentrate on the period of the Spanish Second Republic(1933-1939) when there was a democratic government.

Read the following articles

Clara Campoamor
Victoria Kent

a. Listen to the Podcast from the radio programme "La Rosa de los Vientos".

b. Watch this video.

1. a Choose the most important events and create a timeline with nine events. Create a chart and an "on line timeline".

To create a timeline visit this link.

Activity 2.
( cat_and_mouse.jpg Work in pairs)
2. a Read this text.

Women's Suffrage - The Cat and Mouse Act
Adapted from a text by Janet Cameron.

A suffragette called Marian Wallace Dunlop went on hunger strike while in jail. She was force-fed, a horrible, painful process involving gags and nasogastric tubes. Soon, other suffragettes were also subjected to this humiliating process.

Militant Women Destroy Artworks and Buildings

The suffragettes had been frustrated by lack of progress and became more and more violent.
For example, the most militant women resorted to damaging National Gallery paintings and setting buildings alight as well as biting and scratching policemen whose job was to apprehend them.

They were frequently represented as ugly, unpleasant old spinsters.

The “Cat and Mouse Act” Becomes Law

In 1913, the Prisoners’ Temporary Discharge for Health Bill was passed, and became known at the “Cat and Mouse Act.” The forced-feeding stopped, but the Act allowed the authorities to release a woman when she became weak and ill, so she could recover and then be re-arrested when she was well. In this way, the Government, could not be blamed if she starved to death because it would be her fault – on the other hand, if she did wrong, then she would be sent back to prison. In this way, the possibility of martyrdom would be avoided.

The Act became known as the “Cat and Mouse Act” because it symbolized the way a cat plays with a mouse, torturing it for a time without actually finishing it off.

In the end, the Act actually undermined the Government’s position. The suffragettes who were released to get well, did their best with the help of friends and sympathizers to elude capture by the authorities. The Government lost force and the Act was seen as a violation of human rights, as indicated by its given name The Cat and Mouse Act. Prime Minister Asquith had to resign.

2.b Complete the chart. In pairs discuss the meaning of these words. Then check if you are right using an on-line dictionary.

Hunger Strike
Huelga de hambre


Old Spinster

Force Fed



Lack of


2.c. In Pairs. Prepare an interview.

One of you is a journalist and the other an expert in the feminist movement who knows well the law known as "Cat and Mouse Act".
You have to use the past simple tense so remember to use "did" for the questions and make sure you pronounce the "-ed" endings clearly.
Make at least 5 questions using the information from the text above. Play the interview in front of your classmates.