Women’s Suffrage Bill Defeated
The debate on the Representation of the People (Women) Bill took place in the House of Commons. Although enthusiastically watched by a crowd of suffragettes in the Common Gallery, only forty MPs mustered themselves to listen to the debate. The proposer of the bill, Mr Dickinson, said that while this vote might be lost, the emancipation of women was inevitable. He said opponents could not ‘go on prohibiting women’s meetings forever, they could not make forced feeding part of the nominal prison system. The real remedy was to remove the grievance’.