Apologies for the lateness of this report. It was back on 6th November 2018 that Maureen gave us her talk on this fascinating topic. She described the lives and activism of Inverness women at the time of the Great War, not only Suffragettes, who engaged in ‘civil disobedience’ and hunger strikes, but also Suffragists, who lobbied Parliament somewhat less stridently and won over many men to the justice of their cause – voting rights for women. The war proved to be a great opportunity for women to demonstrate their capabilities, particularly in medicine and nursing (Dr. Elsie Inglis still being a famous name a century later), and partial voting rights for women were agreed by Parliament as soon as the war ended. It was, however, to be another decade before full women’s suffrage and equality with men were granted. Maureen showed us, illustrated by well-chosen photographs and press cuttings, that this period was indeed the one that kicked off the struggle for gender equality which continues to this day, and that the women of Inverness and area played a significant and valuable part.
Maureen’s talk was preceded by a brief AGM of the Heritage Group.