Votes for Women

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Votes for Women:

by 1900, women could vote in local government elections. In the 1890's, many Bills had been introduced in Parliment to give women the vote, but all had defeated even though a majority of MP's probably supported change.

In 1987, Millicent Fawcett set up the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). The NUWSS became known as the suffragists. The campaigned using peacful methods.

in 1903, Emmeline Pankhurst, set up the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). the WSPU became known as the suffragettes. They campaigned at first using peacful methods.


  • A large organisation
  • 500,000 members
  • supported by many men


  • a small organisation
  • organised in cells
  • actions were carried out in secret

The suffragettes were peacful at first, but in October 1905, Christabel Pankhurst disrupted an election meeting held by Winston Churchill. This type of action lasted until 1908.


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