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As we celebrate 100 years of female suffrage in the UK, the University of Reading continues to pioneer reform and progression.

Dr Jacqui Turner, Lecturer of History at the School of Humanities, is uncovering the female pioneers of British politics, in particular Nancy Astor. Astor was the first female MP to sit in the House of Commons and her extensive papers are currently held at the University of Reading.

By rediscovering the commitment of our early female MPs, Jacqui inspires and encourages her current students’ involvement in politics. She adopts a hands-on teaching approach, encouraging her students to examine the real, historical documents of Astor’s life, as well as visit Parliament. This allows her students to understand the influence of women in society and politics both today and in the past.

Jacqui is working closely with Parliament on Vote 100, which celebrates the centenary of some women and all men being granted the vote in 1918. Jacqui was instrumental in the installation of a memorial to Astor in the House of Commons, disrupting the male tone, and she is also contributing to a major exhibition at Westminster called Voice & Vote. At the end of 2018, Vote 100 will become Astor 100 and will be managed by Jacqui at the University of Reading. Astor 100 will work with Parliament, academic, educational and community partners both nationally and locally to engage with their own inspirational history to effect positive change.

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I love that my teaching and research has a real impact on my students, the community, and further afield. I hope that Astor’s determination and perseverance will inspire other women to pursue their dreams, too.

Dr Jacqui Turner, School of Humanities
University of Reading