Women of Courage

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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Women of Courage

In 1918 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification to vote. Although 8.5 million women met these criteria, it only represented 40 per cent of the total population of women in the UK.

It was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that women over 21 were able to vote and women finally achieved the same voting rights as men. This act increased the number of women eligible to vote to 15 million.

To mark the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, and the installation of the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally as the first female Bishop of London, St Paul’s is focusing on the lives of several extraordinary women who have been celebrated in the cathedral or have played a significant role in its life and work.

Women of Courage Tours

31 May - 30 June (except Sundays)

Join a cathedral guide to discover a wealth of stories about suffragettes, philanthropists, queens and princesses, skilled crafts-women, saints and Biblical heroines and the Cathedral's central role in the Movement for the Ordination of Women.

Famous names such as Edith Cavell and Florence Nightingale together with other, less well known philanthropists have been commemorated in St Paul’s. Crafts women have made important contributions to the fabric and furnishings, and women played a key role in the courageous protection of the building in the war years.

In the early twentieth century, St Paul’s became a battleground for the female franchise and from the 1980s onwards St Paul’s has been at the forefront of championing women in The Church of England.

The Women of Courage Tour will also consider the heroines of the Bible; central to the theology of the Church and depicted in a variety of media around the building. Drawing on this wealth of stories special one-hour tours will be delivered by cathedral guides commencing on 31 May for London History Day.
Normal Cathedral admission applies. Places on the tours are limited and should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Talk: Women of the Crypt

Wednesday 6 June
1 - 2pm
This talk explores the lives of three women commemorated in the cathedral crypt, revealing stories of compassion and philanthropy, crime and punishment. Join Vivien Kermath, a Cathedral guide, who has pursued in-depth research in to the biographies of these individuals, to discover tales of unscrupulous suitors, abductions and faith and fortitude in the face of adversity.
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Talk: St Paul’s and the Movement for the Ordination of Women

Friday 15 June
1 - 2pm
Join Fabiana Barticioti, an Archivist from LSE, to discover the history of The Movement for the Ordination of Women within the Church of England. A story of clandestine services, heated national debate and the determination that unity and equality would overcome division and hostility. Related archive material from St Paul’s Cathedral Collections will also be on display.
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