Carmarthen and the Suffrage Movement

At the February meeting, Mary Thorley give a talk on ‘Carmarthen and the Suffrage Movement’.

She had several amusing posters on the subject, one entitled ‘the angel of the house’, the House of Commons, another by an American professor. This was ‘The Half Woman’.

One point put forward was that any type of man got the vote!

Some men were supportive. There was a men’s deputation supported by George Lansbury, a liberal.

The census in 1911 was very inaccurate. Women refused to add their names, ‘no vote, no census’.

Mary explained about the Cat and Mouse Act and suffragette, Emily Wilding Davison, being killed by the King’s horse at the Derby. There was a United States suffrage movement and Muriel Matters was an Australian suffragette. In Carmarthen ‘the Women’s Suffrage’ society was founded in 1911.

Richard Barrett was quite prominent and was born in Carmarthen.

Sylvia Pankhurst‘s great granddaughter Helen is very proud of her great grandmother.

After the First World War women over 30 had the vote.