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Katherine Connelly: A Suffragette in America: E. Sylvia Pankhurst

Writer, historian and expert on Sylvia Pankhurst, Katherine Connelly uncovers the story of one of Britain’s most famous radicals visiting the ‘Land of the Free’ through Sylvia’s own memoirs and writings from her visits to North America in 1911-12.

Unlike the standard suffragette tours which focused on courting progressive members of America’s social elite for money, Pankhurst got her hands dirty, meeting striking laundry workers in New York, visiting female prisoners in Philadelphia and Chicago and grappling with horrific racism in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pankhurst was shocked by the dark side of American society. Bringing her own experiences of imprisonment and misogyny from her political work in Britain, she found many parallels between the two countries. These never-before published writings mark an important stage in the development of the suffragette’s thought, which she brought back to Britain to inform the burgeoning working-class suffrage campaign there.

Saturday 9 March 10:00
Tickets £10 (Carers and Essential Companion £5)

The George Hotel
12-14 Bird Street
WS13 6PR