‘In the suffrage cause there were several names which would live for ever; on the other hand there were those who had undergone a great deal of personal fatigue, and who had given part of their health- a great many thousands in fact- who would never be heard of, and yet they were working from day to day in the cause.’ Miss Fielden addressing a crowd in Winchester, 1913, as part of the Great Pilgrimage. Recorded in the Hampshire Chronicle.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Representation of the People Act, which gave women over 30 and ‘of property’ the right to vote. The campaign to gain women the vote often brings to mind Emmeline Pankhurst, the death of Emily Davison at The Derby in 1913 and the often militant actions of The Women’s Social and Political Union, such as setting fire to post boxes and the bombing of David Lloyd George’s house. However, it is important to note that many other organisations and individuals fought for women’s suffrage and many did this through non-violent means, such as petitions, publications and peaceful protests. We saw in a previous blog how Lady Laura Ridding supported the suffrage movement, for example by writing a response to Lord Curzon’s ‘fifteen good reasons against the grant of female suffrage’. How did other women in Hampshire, and the surrounding area, seek to push forward the rights of women? Continue reading “Women’s suffrage: petitions, protests and pilgrimages”