By Paula Bartley
This identify introduces the main figures enthusiastic about the women's suffrage flow and is going directly to ponder the arguments complicated by means of those that supported and people who adverse votes for ladies (in particluar, the reaction of fellows to the campaigns). The narrative additionally highlights the velocity and volume of suffragist and suffragette job, and assesses their
contribution to the 1st global struggle and the level to which girls won the vote due to their efforts through the conflict.
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Even though Fawcett was a leading ﬁgure in the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act and close to Josephine Butler (see page 7), she did not wish the suffrage movement to align itself with it. In her view, the suffrage campaign would be disastrously affected if it were in any way associated with prostitution. Like other suffragists, Fawcett was involved in various campaigns to promote equality for women in education, work and the law. In 1871 she co-founded Newnham College in Cambridge. She vigorously supported the work of Butler and was active in the campaigns against the white slave trade.
In addition many believed that countries, such as India and the Caribbean islands, over which Britain ruled, would not give British authority the same respect if she were governed by women (the fact that Queen Victoria was the head of state seemed not to bother them). Afro-Caribbean and Indian men, it was believed, would not accept being ruled by a country whose government was elected by women. It was also feared that colonised countries would demand their own enfranchisement, which would inevitably lead to demands for independence.
Suffragists and the Liberal Party 1888: division over policy At the end of 1888 yet another split occurred, precipitated by major disagreements over political strategy: • A number of the younger and more radical suffragists wanted to afﬁliate to the Women’s Liberal Federation, the women’s section of the Liberal Party, because the Liberal Party was perceived to be sympathetic to votes for women. • Others – mostly the older members like Millicent Fawcett – disagreed because they wanted to keep the suffrage organisation independent of party politics.
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