Women Suffrage

Women’s Suffrage Report
  * America
  * England
Suggestions for Suffragettes, 16th November 1909 W.K. Haselden Daily Mirror

‘Election Day Poster’, E.W. Gustin, 1909
Pamphlet distributed by the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage

A drawing from the WSPU newspaper, The Suffragette, 1909

Flier distributed by the National American Woman Suffrage Association advocating the vote for women; 1915/1920

The first picket line, February 1917

In the 1860’s, the British House of Commons passed the Contagious Disease Act. This meant that in towns where troops were billeted, women suspected of being a prostitute could be compulsorily examined for venereal disease. However trouble arose when examiners accidently picked on respected women. No one expected the women to fight back; nevertheless they underestimated Josephine Butler’s leadership abilities.
Those who fought it put forward candidates at by-elections, asked questions at general elections, and lobbied MP’s while parliament was sitting. This was one of the first pressure groups run by women, particularly that were successful. After 15 years of lobbying the acts were revoked.
The Women’s Suffrage Movement first officially began in England in 1866. This was as a consequence of to the 1500 signatures on a petition sent to parliament, which requested the right for women to vote. Signers included John Stuart Mill, who had successfully run for parliament on a platform that included Women’s Votes.
The period from 1870 to 1905 was known as ‘the doldrums’, as little was being achieved in the Women’s Suffrage Campaign. However, come 1905, the suffragists had a new tactic of militancy, which played a ginormous role in gaining the vote for women.

The U.S.
In 1848 a group of abolitionist activists met in Seneca Falls, New York. They were mainly composed of women, yet it did incorporate some men, who were invited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and...