The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women in Victorian Britain

Date: 

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:40am to 1:00pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Arianne Chernock, Associate Professor, Department of History, Boston University

Historians have long suspected that Queen Victoria’s gender played a role in the rise of constitutional (e.g. ceremonial) monarchy in 19th-century Britain. But what was the nature of this role? In this seminar, Arianne Chernock takes on this question through an archival-based approach by exploring Victoria’s centrality to the early women’s rights movement in Britain – especially in inspiring women to demand the right to vote. Chernock argues that recognizing Victoria’s role in the women’s rights movement allows us to see the shift towards a more restricted Crown as an attempt to contain radical thinking about women, agency, and power to create a more democratic and transparent British state.    

This event is co-sponsored by the New Directions in European History Study Group