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The Politics of Women’s Suffrage

Local, National and International Dimensions

Edited by Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Lyndsey Jenkins

The Politics of Women’s Suffrage

Edited by Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Lyndsey Jenkins

Distributed for Institute of Historical Research

280 pages | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9781912702961 Will Publish April 2021 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies
Cloth $50.00 ISBN: 9781912702954 Will Publish December 2021 For sale only in Canada and the USA and dependicies
A history of the early twentieth-century movement for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. 
 
In the United Kingdom, the question of women’s suffrage represented the most substantial challenge to the constitution since 1832, seeking not only to expand but to redefine definitions of citizenship and power. At the same time, it was inseparable from other urgent contemporary political debates—the Irish question, the decline of the British Empire, the Great War, and the increasing demand for workers’ rights.  

This collection positions women’s suffrage as central to, rather than separate from, these broader political discussions, demonstrating how they intersected and were mutually constitutive. In particular, this collection pays close attention to the issues of class and Empire which shaped this era. It demonstrates how campaigns for women’s rights were consciously and unconsciously played out, impacting attitudes to motherhood, spurring the radical “birth-strike” movement, and burgeoning communist sympathies in working-class communities around Britain and beyond.
Contents
Foreword: The Women’s Movement, War, and the Vote: Some Reflections on 1918 and Its Aftermath / Susan Grayzel

Introduction, Alexandra Hughes-Johnson and Lyndsey Jenkins

I. Working within existing political structures

1. “‘[T]he success of every great movement had been largely due to the free and continuous exercise of the right to petition’: Irish Suffrage Petitioners and Parliamentarians in the Nineteenth Century / Jennifer Redmond
2. Singing The Red Flag for suffrage: gender, class and feminism in the Canning Town Branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union, 1906-7 / Lyndsey Jenkins
3. Suffrage Organizers, Local Women and the Campaign in Wales / Beth Jenkins
4. A “practical” politics? Suffrage, Infant Welfare and Women’s Politics in Walsall, 1910-1939 / Anna Muggeridge
5. “Keep Your Eyes On Us Because There Is No More Napping”: The Wartime Suffrage Campaign of the Suffragettes of the WSPU and the Independent WSPU / Alexandra Hughes-Johnson

II. Working through social and cultural structures

6. English Girls’ High Schools and Women’s Suffrage / Helen Sunderland
7. A mistake to raise any controversial question at the present time’: the careful relationship of Glasgow’s suffragists with the press 1902-1918 / Sarah Pedersen
8. “The Weakest Link”: Suffrage writing, class interests and the isolated woman of leisure / Sos Eltis
9. Militancy in the Marital Sphere: the birth-strike as a militant suffrage tactic / Tania Shew

III. Navigating international structures

10. Suffrage internationalism in practice: Dora Montefiore and the story of Finnish women’s enfranchisement / Karen Hunt
11. “East Side Londoners”: Sylvia Pankhurst’s lecture tours of North America and the East London Federation of Suffragettes / Kate Connelly
12. Emotions and Empire in Suffrage and Anti-Suffrage Politics: Britain, Ireland and Australia in the Early Twentieth Century / Sharon Crozier-De Rosa
13. From Votes for Women to World Revolution: British and Irish Suffragettes and International Communism, 1917-1939 / Maurice Casey
Afterword: A Tale of Two Centennials: Suffrage, Suffragettes and the Limits of Political Participation / Nicoletta F. Gullace

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