I’m looking forward to an interesting (free) panel discussion on male suffrage in the wake of WW1, in Portcullis House, London, late November.
The Hansard Record for the debates around the Representation of the People Act 1918 show that the women question was largely settled and most of the discussion was based around the fact if that working class men were good enough to risk their lives for their country, they were good enough to have the vote for their representatives.
It’s interesting to think about the sacrifices imposed on the majority of men at this point in time – and also the fact that they had to earn their rights (whereas women were really granted theirs). I tend to think that this is still the case in many ways in our society (look at the struggles of separated fathers seeking meaningful access to kids with obstructive ex-partners). In the U.S. it’s not changed with enfranchisement and many social services being dependent on registering for the draft, if you’re a man.
Tickets at Eventbrite.