Harold White Fellow Presentation

Muriel Matters

Lena Connell (1875–1949) Australian Suffragette Muriel Matters
in London c.1910 Manuscripts Collection, MS2004/3/191–214

'Shrieking Cockatoos':
The Fight for Women's Suffrage in Australia and Britain

Dr Béatrice Bijon
Tuesday 14 June, 5.30 pm
Conference Room, free

After they gained the right to vote in 1902, a group of Australian women involved in the Australian suffrage campaign visited Britain and became committed to the cause of their British sisters. These women became an integral part of the movement and wholeheartedly embraced British militancy. They were a far cry from 'shrieking cockatoos', as one Australian politician described them.

This talk will examine the transnational links between Australian and British women's suffrage, focusing on how Australian Suffragettes supported their English counterparts. Upon their return to Australia, these women provided information about British militancy through nationwide lecture tours. The presentation will also concentrate on how Suffragettes exploited spectacle to dramatise and publicise their struggle.

Dr Béatrice Bijon is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and American Studies at the University of Saint-Etienne / Lyon in France. Her research focuses on women's writing and culture.

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