To commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act passed in February 1918, Women’s History Scotland Steering Committee members Esther Breitenbach, Linda Fleming and Valerie Wright have created this online learning resource.
The resource contains the following material organised into three broad sections (with some additional pages – see details below). You can go directly to each by clicking on the link below or navigate via the menu above.
Each section can be downloaded as a pdf by clicking on the link at the top of each page.
Key phases of the movement:
- The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland: the early years
- Case Study – Women’s Suffrage in the Highlands
- Women activists in political parties: taking forward the suffrage campaign
- Case Study – Edinburgh Suffragists: Exercising the Franchise at a local level
- Suffrage militancy in Scotland
- Case study – Was there militancy in Paisley?
- Understanding the opposition: the Anti-Suffrage Movement in Scotland
- Women as active citizens: politics and feminism in interwar Scotland
Sources and Literature:
- General Guidance: sources for researching the women’s suffrage movement in Scotland
- Sources at the National Records of Scotland
- Using newspapers as a source when researching suffrage history
- Appendix I: Timeline on the extension of the franchise
- Appendix II: Report of militant attacks in Scottish newspapers
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Let us know what you found out – Get involved – What did you find out?
Here you will find details of what groups have found out about suffrage in their local area – Findings
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Esther Breitenbach, Linda Fleming and Valerie Wright
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