Did Magna Carta apply to women?

Lesson rationale

This activity is designed to form a small part of a much wider understanding of how the legacy of Magna Carta was able to hold influence in later periods of history. This activity will explore how Magna Carta was used by the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What was the status of women in the medieval period and what mention of women does Magna Carta make?
  • What was the Women’s Suffrage Movement and what did it campaign for?
  • How and why did the suffrage movement make use of Magna Carta?