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Women's Suffrage

Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Each party brought forward Reform Bills, but neither party really wished to enfranchise the working classes. Before 1867 the total electorate only numbered a little over one million voters. The Reform Bill of 1867 more than doubled this number. It is not in human nature for members of Parliament really to like a very large increase in the number of their constituents. Besides the extra trouble and expense involved, there was in 1865 another deterrent—terror. Those who held power feared the working classes. Working men were supposed to be the enemies of property, and working men were in an enormous numerical majority over all other classes combined. "You must not have the vote because there are so many of you" was a much more effective argument when used against working men than it is when used against women; because the working classes are fifteen or sixteen times more numerous than all other classes combined, whereas women are only slightly in excess of men.[1. . . Read More

Community Reviews

An insight into another side of the suffrage movement

Millicent Garrett Fawcett was the most influential person in women successfully gaining the right to vote by far, and she did it by reasoned argument, not a series of publicity stunts. Everyone should read this book. Anyone who wants to change the status quo should study it carefully.

This is a concise and well crafted study of the progress of the women's suffrage movement up until 1912 - which was the year of its publication. Written by Millicent Garrett Fawcett, who was President of the NUWSS, it closely examines the injustices done to women by Parliament, and by the government

This work is a valuable part of social history and I'm genuinely glad that it exists as the author was someone who achieved great things as part of the movement for women's suffrage. However, as a book, I didn't enjoy it as it was incredibly dry and at times felt like a list of names, dates and parl

A must read evoking a time that has gone by but a time that we know now was so important to the whole female race across international boundaries Millicent Garrett Fawcett was a woman to be reckoned with - the original woman of substance - today I stand proud in knowing that my great grandmothers ge

Great background

This is a perfect book to start with if you are looking for a first hand account of the suffragist movement in England.