In this episode Professor Amanda Vickery describes the paradox for British women: a female queen who thought women's rights campaigners deserved a good whipping. Yet, during Victoria's reign extraordinary women gradually changed the lives and opportunities of their gender, despite successive governments furiously resisting to give women the vote. Vickery introduces the spurned mistress of a prime minister, who lost custody of her own children but won the first piece of modern feminist legislation - child custody rights for mothers. We meet a passionate campaigner who raised the age of consent and overthrew pernicious laws against prostitutes; a Cambridge undergraduate who proved that girls could be even better at math than boys, while undermining the centuries-old prejudice that a Cambridge education was for men only; and, Mrs. Pankhurst and her daughters, who decided that after many years of women campaigning for the vote, it was now time to resort to deeds rather than words.
Episode #102 / Length: 58 minutes