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Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Hugh West
This thesis consists of three case studies: Cicely Hamilton, Elizabeth Robins, and Kitty Marion, all women involved in the theater who joined the British suffrage movement. Each woman contributed to the suffrage movement by utilizing the skills developed in their performance careers. Hamilton was able to convey feminist ideas by writing plays for the suffrage movement. As a prominent figure in the theatrical world as well as a Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) committee member, Robins became a popular spokesperson for the cause and advocated militancy through her writing. Marion’s theater background inspired her to engage in bold, dramatic protests and take part in the WSPU’s militant campaign. These three stories illustrate the spectrum of suffrage protest and highlight these suffragettes' use of the theatrical to draw attention to their cause.
Ansah, Ama, "Acting out : three theatrical women and their roles in the British suffrage movement" (2016). Honors Theses. 856.
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