Activism, Nursing and Women's Rights: Then and Now

26 Nov 2019 17:30 - 19:30

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN


The early twentieth century was an important time for nursing activism.

Nurses were involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage in 1918, and the introduction of nursing registration in 1919. For the 100th anniversary of registration, hear from RCN President Anne Marie Rafferty on the history of nursing activism, especially those nurses involved in the suffrage campaign. We also welcome Helen Pankhurst – great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst and a leading women's rights campaigner – who will chart how women's lives have changed over the last century and offer a powerful and positive argument for a new way forward.


The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room and the event will have live subtitles. We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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Image: Fenwick suffrage, Christina Broom/Royal British Nurses Association (RBNA) collection held by King’s College London Archive

20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

Page last updated - 29/01/2020