Norfolk women given national recognition for work with suffragette movement

PUBLISHED: 15:49 08 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 08 March 2018

Dorothy Jewson. Picture: Archant

Dorothy Jewson. Picture: Archant


This year marks 100 years since women were given the vote.

To celebrate, a national Suffrage Pioneers project is aiming to uncover 100 unrecognised women and supportive men who helped make this happen.

As part of the project, two women from Norfolk have been chosen for national recognition - Lucy Edith Sewell, the niece of Black Beauty author Anna Sewell, and Dorothy Jewson

Born in 1853 in Old Catton, Lucy was honorary treasurer of the Norwich Suffrage Society, while Dorothy was a teacher, trade union organiser and Labour Party MP in Norwich in 1923

Broadland District Council also discovered two other local figures that were active in the campaign - Mary Anne Buxton and Alice Hoare.

Councillor Karen Vincent said: “It has been fascinating to find out about local connections to the Women’s Suffrage movement.

“We would like to work with our communities to recognise these women further and teach the younger generation what a close connection they have to the votes for women campaign.”

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