Carson's Betrayal of Women? Unionist Attitudes to Female Suffrage 1912-14

Wed 8 Aug
PRONI

1PM

FREE, Booking essential

With Edward Carson opposed to women’s right to vote and the WPSU declaring war on Unionism in 1914, you might assume that the Unionist attitude during the Home Rule Crisis was homogenously anti-suffrage. However, historian Jason Burke poses that the relationship between Unionism and suffragists was, in fact, much more complicated than it first appears. Beginning with the 1912 Conciliation Bill this talk explores the position of the Ulster Provisional Government, the ‘promise’ of votes for women, and the apparent U-turn in 1914. In light of the evidence, Burke ponders, was Edward Carson a fair target for suffragist anger?