“Versailles 1919: Return of the Dangerous Women” – Introduced by Ali Ronan (MMU) Tuesday February 4th

We are delighted to be welcoming Dr Ali Ronan back to group on Tuesday February 4th, to present the new documentary she has been recently working on. Ali will be introducing the documentary and taking questions at the end.

This documentary tells the story of the women who met to protest the terms of the Versailles Peace Treaty in 1919. Drawing activists from the international campaign to get the vote, the women wanted to prevent all future wars. They became the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF) which is still working today.

“Versailles 1919: Return of the Dangerous Women” is a short documentary (20 minutes) directed by Charlotte Bill and made by Clapham Film Unit, a collective of filmmakers working with communities to tell stories not told elsewhere. It was researched by and features volunteers from the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

All our meetings are free and everyone is welcome to attend. We will be meeting at 14.00 at Burnage Library. Come and join us for lively discussion, tea and biscuits!

Ali Ronan (MMU)- “The Women who said yes” (7th May)

Last week we welcomed Dr Ali Ronan from MMU, a favourite of the group who has spoken to us in the past about Burnage Garden Village. This time Ali was talking about her most recent research, a fascinating presentation about the first 17 women to stand for Parliament in December 1918. Coming from very different backgrounds, and representing different political ideas, they were certainaly brave pioneers, trying to break into the exclusively male House of Commons. Interestingly the only one who succeeded was Countess Markievicz, but as she was a Sinn Fein representative (and in prison!) she didn’t take her seat. There were also many local connections – in particular Emmeline Pethick Lawrence (the former treasurer of the Women’s Social and Political Union) who stood for Labour in Rusholme, and the militant suffragette, Christabel Pankhurst from Chorlton on Medlock, stood for the Women’s Party.

We had a full house and there was a lively discussion at the end of the session about the issues raised. We are looking forward to seeing Ali again at some point during the year, hopefully in the autumn.

In the meantime Ali has lent us the exhibition “The Women who said Yes!”. This is now on display at Burnage Library until the beginning of June, so feel free to come down and take a look.