ERIC Number: ED201027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
From Prison to Citizenship: The Rhetoric of the Militant British Suffrage Movement.
Kahl, Mary L.
As nineteenth century British feminists found that they could no longer "suffer and be still," they forged alliances with those male political personalities sympathetic to their suffrage demands. Yet these political alliances proved to be of little value in the fight for voting rights, as measures designed to widen the franchise met with continual parliamentary defeat. Abandoning all hope of achieving the vote through cooperation with political leaders, militant British feminists resorted to battlefield tactics and launched a campaign to call attention to their cause through the destruction of objects representing the social system that remained unresponsive to their demands. Of all organizations that worked for the vote, the largest, most visible, and most militant was the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). So important was the WSPU, in fact, that their particular methods of agitation formed the focal point for the entire suffrage movement. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: England; Nineteenth Century History
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, IL, April 9-11, 1981).