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Women at war: science and suffrage



The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


“The idea of ‘woman and science’ is completely irrelevant. Either a woman is a good scientist, or she is not.” Hertha Ayrton.

British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor Hertha Ayrton in her laboratory. Credit: the Royal Society

World War I was a time of great transformation in Britain. One of the most remarkable changes was the recognition for women to have the right to vote. A defining moment in history, it marked an important step in the fight for equality.

Join historian of science Patricia Fara as we celebrate the centenary anniversary of the suffrage movement. Explore the difficulties faced by extraordinary women scientists to carve an identity for themselves in a country devastated by war.

Talk – admittance for our talks is first-come, first-served. Please ensure you arrive early for talks as we can get busy at the weekends and you may need to queue to get into the building.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required 
  • Seats allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Doors open 15 minutes before start of event
  • Suitable for ages 14+
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements 
  • This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2018

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Women at war: science and suffrage

Celebrate the centenary anniversary of the suffrage movement with an exploration into remarkable women scientists fighting for equality during World War I.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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