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Curator Rob Perks discusses effective campaigning speeches, using examples of speeches by Christabel Pankhurst and Ann Widdecombe.

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On this page, Rob talks about Christabel Pankhurst’s 1908 speech on Women’s Suffrage. On the next page, he discusses Ann Widdecombe’s 1997 speech on fox hunting.

Rob Perks on Christabel Pankhurst's Women's Suffrage Speech

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Christabel Pankhurst on Women's Suffrage

Christabel Pankhurst's speech on Women's Suffrage

Christabel Pankhurst was an eminent campaigner for women’s suffrage.

This recording is said to have been made a few hours after her release from prison in 1908. In her speech, Christabel summarises the reasons why members of the Women’s Social and Political Union are campaigning for the vote.

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A transcript of this speech is available here.

Who is talking?

Dr. Rob Perks - Curator of Oral History

Rob Perks is Curator of Oral History at the British Library Sound Archive, which collects oral history material that offers insights into British national identity and culture.