The campaign for female political suffrage which erupted in the years before World War One was the most significant expression of feminist activism in British history. But the suffragettes were divided in their aims: should they try and win the vote for all women, or only for those in the middle and upper classes? They were divided, too, about tactics. Were the militants vital to the campaign’s success, or did peaceful activism, in the end, prove more effective? And how important was World War One itself in finally securing women the vote? Here Zoe Thomas examines both the arguments – and how historians have interpreted them.
ISBN- paperback: 978-1-911187-35-6
When did the suffrage campaigns begin?
What was the situation at the turn of the century?
The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies
The Women’s Social and Political Union
Building tensions, 1909-1914
Did World War One change suffrage activity?
What happened after World War One?
Millicent Garrett Fawcett The Pankhursts Five facts about Suffrage A short chronology Further reading
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