What Women Want

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The suffragettes changed Scotland. From Princes Street to the trenches, they fought for the vote. Fire-raisers, sweethearts, doctors, daughters and housemaids seek the vote in this humorous, musical, moving tribute to years of struggle for equality. On 10th October 1909, hundreds of Scottish suffragettes and suffragists marched down Edinburgh's Princes Street demanding votes for women, cheered on by thousands of men, women and children. They were led by 'General' Flora Drummond astride on horseback, with women in the costumes of Mary Queen of Scots, Flora MacDonald and other Scottish heroines. What Women Want tells the story of these women and their families, and how their fight for equality changed Scotland forever. Funny, feisty and full of songs, this fast-paced revue takes its audience from the drawing rooms of Morningside to the fields of Ypres in the battle for the vote. What Women Want draws on news releases, journals, letters, and original sources from before the Great War to bring to life Dr Elsie Inglis, Flora Drummond, Dr Grace Cadell, Ethel Moorhead and other Edwardian suffragettes and suffragists who campaigned in Edinburgh. Despite police brutality, prison sentences and force-feeding, these women defied husbands, fathers and the Prime Minister to win the right to vote. As they put it, ‘A gude cause maks a strong arm’. This drama shows that we stand today on the shoulders of giants – a strong arm indeed.

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