Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Suffragette City

I`m interested in the history of the suffragette movement in the same way that  I`m interested in, say, the Magna Carta or the Civil War. I`m by no means an expert and I`m content to pick things up as I go along, but it is interesting and I hope to encourage others to share the interest.

A couple of recent newspaper articles are particularly good ;

Unsigned - `After 100 Years, Has the Real Story Emerged at Last about Emily`s Fate ?`  - Morpeth Herald, 30 March 2013. Not the snappiest of headlines, but a good article nonetheless, one of a number of articles about the life of Emily Wilding Davison to appear in this paper recently, with more to come. Online at  http://www.morpethherald.co.uk .

On 6 April 2013, the `Times Past` section of the Yorkshire Evening Post (www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk)  ran an article with the unusual headline `Concerns Giving Women the Vote Would Wear Out Car Tyres`. The article concerned itself with comments made by Cllr A Willey to Leeds City Council on 6 April 1911. The Council had passed a resolution suporting the Women`s Enfranchisement Bill introduced in Parliament by George Kemp MP. Cllr Willey was the only member to oppose the resolution. It is not clear how serriously he took the matter, though he did express some apprehension as to the likely response of Mrs Willey when she heard of his comments !

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