Mr W J Napier would like your vote now please
Politicians wasted no time in sending out campaigning letters like this one to potential female voters - even if their party had been opposed to the idea of women's suffrage. Lucy Gordon of Parnell received this letter from the Liberal Party candidate William Napier just before the general election on 28 November 1893. Suffragists had gone on a mission to enrol as many women voters as possible and canny politicians knew they had the ability to strongly influence the election. So who was Lucy, this piece of paper with her name is the only clue we have. How might we discover her story?
Women have been out there doing things since forever
It’s reality—just not a reality we get to hear about, or that we have recorded the details of often enough. The fact that we don't know the names of these women, that we didn't record their activities, that we weren't interested in collecting the things they used in their daily lives, that we didn't actively seek out their possessions to hold in our Museum collections for posterity is a reflection of the male dominated legacy of our nation's museums and archives.