Scottish women's suffrage movement, 1902-1933

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Glasgow Women's Suffrage Movement, 1902-1933

Glasgow Women's Suffrage Movement, 1902-1933

Comparatively little work has been done on the organisation and achievements of the non-militant suffrage societies, particularly the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies of which the Glasgow Association was a branch.
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These Scottish suffragettes kept these records on their non-militant campaigns

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The Glasgow and West of Scotland Society for Women's Suffrage was a non-militant suffrage society. Their work continued after that of the many militant societies who ceased campaigning in 1918. With close ties to the Scottish Council for Women's Trades, these women were of a certain social class. They attracted a number of Liberal Lord Provosts and Town Councillors, as well as MPs. The Society's emphasis was upon fundraising, this usually involved flag days and whist drives. When the Society was wound-down in 1933, it was due to a lack of funds and former members would meet at the Queen Margaret Union in the University until the 1960s.

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Scottish women's suffrage movement, 1902-1933...

Containing 5,360 pages belonging to 16 documents housed in 3 volumes...

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Volumes

Executive Committee Minute Books, 1902 - 1933

The primary concern of these minutes is upon getting equal voting rights for women. These records enable the reader to...

Association for Womens Suffrage Letter Books, 1913 - 1918

These letter books mention some of the key concerns of their time, including a fledgling Independent Labour Party lobbying Prime...

Miscellaneous Reports with Some Publications, 1914 - 1933

The range of issues covered by these papers includes, but is not limited to: the 'Illegitimate Children (Scotland) Bill', a...

Insights

  • One of the less radical suffrage movements, these campaigners used their social standing to engage politicians in their cause.
  • The Executive Committee minute books follow the tactics of the society, from persuading MPs to pledge their support, to getting women elected to town councils.
  • The society's letter books cover the availability of information on birth control, the creation of the Independent Labour Party, and the conditions in hospitals.
  • During World War One, these suffragettes paused their suffrage activities to focus on supporting the voluntary labour exchange. They also raised funds to support local hospitals during this time.
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