Fact sheet about the Suffragists

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Suffragists campaigned for the right for women to vote.
Women were considered inferior to men and believed that by obtaining the
vote, they were politically equal and on the way to complete equality with
In 1886, Suffragists organized a petition which they took to Henry Fawcett
and John Stewart Mill (MPs that were supporters of Suffragists).
Mill added an amendment to the Reform Act to give women the vote but it
was defeated.
The NUWSS (National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies) was founded in
The name `Suffragists' comes from the word `suffrage' which means `the
Millicent Fawcett was the founder of the union.
In 1911, Millicent Fawcett said this about the Suffragists: "show the world
how to gain reforms without violence, without killing people and blowing
up buildings and doing other silly things that men [have] done when they
wanted the laws altered"
Suffragists were mainly middle-class women.
Suffragists also welcomed male members.
Suffragists used peaceful means to achieve their goals:
They published leaflets and pamphlets.
They organized peaceful meetings and protests.
The Suffragists made little progress in obtaining the vote for women as the
Parliament refused to listen to their protests.
However, the Married Woman's Property Act was passed which allowed
women to keep their property after marriage.


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