History Lesson on the Big ScreenForty five Year 8s enthused by their humanities lessons and enraged by the injustice of British democracy against Women’s rights pre 1920, journeyed to the cinema to gain a deeper understanding of the suffragette movement. Perhaps complacent by the increasing equality of today’s society, our students were disgusted by the poor conditions of female workers, by the significant differences in pay and conditions and in contrast to today, the lack of rights of mothers for their own children.
When our students are old enough to vote I am sure they will reflect on those that sacrificed their freedom and their lives to earn them the right to vote and take their job in the ballot box seriously.
Following on from Emmeline Pankhurst famous quote at a gathering of the suffragettes:
"We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers."
Our students were left with the question which we will debate in history - were the suffragettes heroes or terrorists?
I would like to thank the 8 members of staff who volunteered their time to accompany me for making the trip possible.