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Irish suffragists delight at electoral reform

Irish suffragists delight at electoral reform

Dublin, 21 June 1917 - Irish suffrage campaigners have expressed their delight – and surprise – at the electoral reform that has passed through parliament in London with an enormous majority. Mary Hayden, UCD professor and founder of the Irish Catholic Women’s Suffrage Association, has said she is delighted that...

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Bill introduced to give women the vote

Bill introduced to give women the vote

Westminster, 15 May 1917 - The Representation of the People Bill, which passed its first reading to the House of Commons today will allow women in the UK to vote in general elections for the first time. While the legislation only proposes extending the franchise to women 30 years or over, this corresponds...

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Votes for women!

Votes for women!

London, 29 March 1917 - Sweeping electoral reform is set to extend the franchise to women in the United Kingdom. The plan to finally give the vote to women is one of the most arresting features of electoral change recommended by the Speaker’s Conference on Electoral Reform. The other main...

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Women and servicemen excluded in electoral reform

Women and servicemen excluded in electoral reform

London, 16 August 1916 - There is to be no change in the law which debars women from voting in United Kingdom elections. Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday at the introduction of the Bill to Amend the Parliament and Registration Act, 1916, the Prime Minister Herbert Asquith stated that there were...

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Suffragette throws ball at Queen

Suffragette throws ball at Queen

Edinburgh, 19 July 1914 - A small rubber ball was thrown at the Queen while travelling in the Royal carriage in Edinburgh today. She was travelling to a morning service with King George and their daughter Princess Mary in St Gile’s Cathedral, Edinburgh when the incident took place. When their...

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Anti-love strike suggested at suffragette meeting

Anti-love strike suggested at suffragette meeting

New York, 8 May 1914 - Mrs Havelock Ellis suggested an anti-love strike by the suffragettes at a meeting in New York today. She is quoted by the New York American saying ‘Broken hearts are better than broken windows. If women would refuse to cook or wash for their husbands and...

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House of Lords vote against allowing votes for women

House of Lords vote against allowing votes for women

The House of Lords in London has rejected the Women's Enfranchisement Bill by a majority of 44 (104 to 60). The bill would have extended limited voting rights to women, although even its supporters acknowledged that they wished for something more. Lord Willoughby de Broke said that he believed the interest of...

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67 suffragettes arrested trying to raid Buckingham Palace

67 suffragettes arrested trying to raid Buckingham Palace

London, 21 May 1914 - Violent scenes took place today outside the gates of Buckingham Palace as a group of several hundred suffragettes became involved in an altercation with the police. The incident took place when a march by the Women's Social and Political Union led by Mrs Pankhurst was stopped...

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Famous painting mutilated by suffragette

Famous painting mutilated by suffragette

London, 10 March 1914 - The famous Rokeby Venus by Velasquez the value of which is estimated at £45,000 was slashed and irreparably damaged in the National Gallery, London this morning. The perpetrator it is alleged, is Miss Mary Richardson, the well-known suffragette who later in the day was brought up at...

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Sylvia Pankhurst arrested in London

Sylvia Pankhurst arrested in London

London, 4 January 1914 - Miss Sylvia Pankhurst was arrested this evening while walking along Grove Road in London. Miss Pankhurst, whose license under the Cat and Mouse Act expired on 22 December, was due to address a Suffragette meeting in Covent Garden in the coming days. As Miss Pankhurst walked down Grove...

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Explosion at Holloway Prison

Explosion at Holloway Prison

London, 18 December 1913 - At about 9:30 tonight two large explosions occurred at the rear of number 12 Dalmeny Avenue, a quiet, fashionable residential area running immediately behind Holloway Prison in London. As a result of the explosion the wall surrounding the prison has been badly damaged. The house is currently occupied by...

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The unknown Pankhurst

The unknown Pankhurst

Milan, 15 December 1913 - A Miss Adela Pankhurst was heard giving a speech on the feminist movement in Milan this week. The speech began in French, continued in Italian and then in English. She was warmly received by her audience due to her good humour and touching nature. However, The Suffragette,...

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Wild scenes outside Mountjoy Female Prison

Wild scenes outside Mountjoy Female Prison

Dublin, 28 November 1913 - It is reported that a suffragette protest at Mountjoy Female Prison has ended in violence and disorder. The women protestors gathered earlier today to show their support for Mrs Sheehy-Skeffington who was recently sentenced to prison. The police were aware of the suffragette protest and had lined...

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Prime Minister attacked by suffragettes

Prime Minister attacked by suffragettes

Striling, 1 November 1913 - The Prime Minister was today attacked by a number of suffragettes while travelling to unveil the Campbell-Bannerman monument in Stirling. Upon passing through the village of Bannockburn, Mr Asquith's car was held up by four women, one of whom lay down in front of the vehicle...

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Lloyd George supports suffrage, opposes militancy

Lloyd George supports suffrage, opposes militancy

London, 23 October 1913 - Mr Lloyd George today met a deputation from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies today. He restated his personal support for the cause of women's suffrage, but stated his opposition to the militant tactics that some suffragettes had employed of late. Lloyd George...

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Mrs Pankhurst arrested at Immigration, but then freed to enter the US

Mrs Pankhurst arrested at Immigration, but then freed to enter the US

New York, 21 October 1913 - The Suffragette leader, Mrs Pankhurst, was held by immigration officials when she landed at Ellis Island. She had travelled to the US to undertake a lecture tour, but officials were initially concerned that her presence in the country, and the things she might say, would prove...

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Hanna Sheehy Skeffington addresses imprisoned suffragettes

Hanna Sheehy Skeffington addresses imprisoned suffragettes

Dublin, 7 October 1913 - Three suffragettes who were imprisoned earlier this year for smashing windows at the offices of the United Irish League have been released, on licence, from prison. The Irish Women’s Franchise League organised an ‘at home’ event to celebrate their release, and the meeting...

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Suffragettes attack golf course

Suffragettes attack golf course

Suffragettes have attacked a golf course at Alberlady in Scotland. The course, belonging to the Kilspindie Golf Club, is close by the Gosford House, the home of the Earl of Weymiss. Rumours had been circulating – and were reported in the newspapers – that the Prime Minister, Mr. Herbert Asquith,...

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Suffragettes attack prison doctor

Suffragettes attack prison doctor

London, 10 August 1913 - Dr Pearson, the medical doctor of Holloway Prison, was attacked yesterday morning by a group of suffragettes who were waiting for him as he arrived for work. The suffragettes targeted the doctor as they are angry with comments he made about one of their number in court...

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Suffragette ejected from Kingstown Fete

Suffragette ejected from Kingstown Fete

Kingstown, 9 July 1913 - A large crowd gathered in the People’s Park in Kingstown to attend a fete to raise money for the building of a new home for the Workingmen’s Club in the town. The club has been existence for twenty-five years, and draws its membership...

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Geraldine Manning Charged Over Attack on Redmond Bust

Geraldine Manning Charged Over Attack on Redmond Bust

Dublin, 7 May 1913 - The suffragette who attacked a bust of John Redmond MP, and daubed it with paint, has been found guilty of malicious damage. The court heard that she had entered the Royal Hibernian Academy and attacked the bust. The Gallery said that while the damage could be made...

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John Redmond Bust Attacked

John Redmond Bust Attacked

Dublin, 6 May 1913 - A plaster bust of John Redmond MP, which was on show at the Royal Hibernian Academy, has been attacked by a suffragette. It is alleged that Geraldine Manning, age 40, from Donnybrook, daubed the bust with green paint on its face and the lapel of the coat. On...

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Women’s Suffrage Bill Defeated

Women’s Suffrage Bill Defeated

Westminster, 5 May 1913 - 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...

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The international story of the women’s suffrage movement

The international story of the women’s suffrage movement

In 1867 the all-male British House of Commons rejected John Stuart Mill’s amendment to the Franchise Reform Bill to allow women the vote on the same property terms as men. The dismissal of this amendment led to the establishment of formal suffrage societies across England and Ireland. Yet, despite...

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