edited by Naomi Paxton
In her introduction, Naomi Paxton writes: ‘Lady Geraldine’s Speech is an all-female ensemble piece, full of wonderfully eccentric Suffragette characters . . . The whole play is delightful, representing Suffragettes as happy, talented, intelligent and good humoured and Lady Geraldine as misguided but charming. Beatrice Harraden defended the Suffragettes in response to criticism of the militant movement by feminist writer Sarah Grand, proudly writing of “the good temper, the courage, the good camaraderie of the Suffragettes”, all of which are evident in the characters of Dr Alice’s friends in Lady Geraldine’s Speech.'
Lady Geraldine’s Speech was first performed at the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) Women’s Exhibition in the Prince’s Skating Rink, Knightsbridge on 15 May 1909. It was first published in the WSPU newspaper ‘Votes for Women’ on 2 April 1909.