It's 1910 and we're in Banbury church hall at the Banbury Intricate Craft Circle. Margaret has been to London and discovered the Women's Suffrage movement so she decides they need to set up their own movement and The Banbury Intricate Craft Circle becomes the hilariously ineffectual Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women's Suffrage.Gwen is the only member who actually enjoys the craft element of the meetings, while Helen thinks that craft is a little unnecessary, but she's not interested in women's rights: "What on earth do women need a vote for? My husband votes for who I tell him to vote for. What could be a better system than that?"
The members' attempt at a hunger strike in support of their sisters is thwarted when Gwen arrives with cheese for everyone. Meanwhile, Emily is initially angry that Helen is trying to set her up with eligible bachelor Bertie Smuth, while Myrtle suspects there's something amiss and encourages Thomas to challenge Bertie for Emily's affections.
The female workers at Helen's factory go on strike as they want more pay, prompting Margaret to write a speech to attract new support for their cause. Meanwhile, Eva, Myrtle and Gwen knock back Dr Hamm's Invigorator, a fizzy tea he prescribes for sluggishness.
Margaret leads a protest about women's exclusion from playing and watching sport. She trades in her South American moth collection for a camera so that the women can take photographs of themselves with various sporting equipment for a pamphlet. After receiving unexpected guests from New Zealand, the suffragettes learn that in some parts of the world women cannot only vote, but they also play bowls.
Margaret intends to take the group on a day trip to London to deliver an impassioned speech in support of the cause, but a series of incidents results in all women being banned from the train station. Emily's plan to send Margaret to the capital on Frank's bike doesn't work out and Helen is typically smug until someone has a brainwave.
The members of Banbury Intricate Craft Circle Politely Request Women's Suffrage are taken hostage when the hall is used as a polling station for the general election.