New Feminist Perspectives
A collection of essays that present the best of feminist scholarship on the suffrage movement, illustrating its complexity. It includes major studies of the fascinating, but neglected groups that participated in the campaign: the Women's Franchise League; the Women's Freedom League; the Women's Tax Resistance League and the United Suffragists.
This important collection of essays presents the best of recent feminist scholarship on the suffrage movement, illustrating its complexity, richness and diversity. Combining historical reappraisal with lively accounts of the culture of the women's suffrage movement, this volume offers a unique focus. It includes major new studies of the fascinating, but neglected groups that participated in the campaign: the Women's Franchise League; the Women's Freedom League; the Women's Tax Resistance League and the United Suffragists. This is accompanied by new feminist research on the poetry, fiction and drama that emerged from women's struggle for the vote. In addition there are reappraisals of two leading figures in the Pankhursts' Women's Social and Political Union, an illuminating analysis of the relationship between suffrage and sexuality, and a discussion of what happened away from the metropolis, as well as of the little known campaign to extend the vote after 1918.
Introduction: The Writing of the Women's Suffrage Movement: A 'Coming of Age' 1. 'Now you see it, now you don't': The Women's Franchise League and its place in contending narratives of the women's suffrage movement 2. A truly national movement: the view from outside London 3. Meanings of militancy: the ideas and practice of political resistance in the Women's Freedom League, 1907-1914 4. Pay the piper, call the tune: the Women's Tax Resistance League 5. 'A party between revolution and peaceful persuasion': the United Suffragists 6. Six Photographs 7. Suffragette fiction and the fictions of suffrage 8. Suffrage and poetry: radical women's voices 9. Women's suffrage drama 10. 'A better world for both' - men, cultural transformation, the stage, and the Suffragettes 11. Christabel Pankhurst and the Women's Social and Political Union 12. 'No surrender!': the militancy of Mary Leigh, a working-class suffragette 13. Suffrage, sex and science 14. The old faith living and the old power there: the movement to extend women's suffrage 15. British suffrage repositories