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January 18th 2018

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“From Sappho to Suffrage: women who dared”

St Hugh’s Professor Senia Paseta, Tutorial Fellow in History, has been quoted by the Financial Times in an article on an exhibition planned for the Bodleian Library to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage.

The exhibition – “From Sappho to Suffrage: Women who dared” – is part of the University’s commemoration of the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the franchise to certain women over the age of 30. It “celebrates the achievements of women who dared to do the unexpected” and “showcases some of the Bodleian’s most remarkable and treasured items.”

Professor Paseta, who is the co-director of Women in the Humanities, told the Financial Times, “We’re hoping people will be surprised by what they see.” One of the items on display is the last copy of ‘Suffragetto’, an Edwardian board game which pits Suffragettes against policemen.

The exhibition will run from 6 March 2018. More details are available here.

St Hugh’s will be hosting an event on 6th February in Mordan Hall to make the Representation of the People Act, with speakers representing each of Oxford’s former women’s colleges in a panel discussion and audience Q and A. The event is free and open to all.

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