1897 – National Union of Women’s Suffrage Established

Women helped the war effort in many ways including doing the jobs that many men had left.

The move for women to have the vote had really started in 1897 when Millicent Fawcett founded the┬áNational Union of Women’s Suffrage. “Suffrage” means the right to vote.

Fawcett’s campagin was one of peaceful protest, she argued that women could hold responsible posts in society such as sitting on school boards – but could not be trusted to vote; she argued that if parliament made laws and if women had to obey those laws, then women should be part of the process of making those laws; she argued that as women had to pay taxes as men, they should have the same rights as men and one of her most powerful arguments was that wealthy mistresses of large manors and estates employed gardeners, workmen and labourers who could vote but the women could not regardless of their wealth.
Fawcett believed that if the organisation was seen to be intelligent, polite and law-abiding then women would prove themselves responsible enough to participate fully in politics.