Women's Source Library: Suffrage and the Pankhursts by Jane Marcus

By Jane Marcus

First released in 1987. This assortment brings jointly very important articles written via Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters through the Suffragette crusade, 1903-14. incorporates a transcript of the 1908 trial of the suffragette leaders, their speeches, and significant pamphlets of the Women's Social and Political Union.

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Why were no proceedings taken against him? Well, because there was not then such a ridiculous Government in power as now. They gave men the vote instead. Some forty years ago there were Fenian outrages in Manchester, and the blowing up of Clerkenwell Gaol. What did those two terrible events prompt Mr Gladstone to say? He said that they had drawn the attention of England to the fact that there were grievances in Ireland. What did those two events prompt him to do? He disestablished the Irish Church!

The House of Lords There are two excuses for neglecting to carry this Bill with which I propose to deal. Liberal Members of Parliament raise the first. They say, 'What is the use of carrying the Bill in the House of Commons? ' Are not Liberals thankful for the House of Lords! Where could they turn for an excuse for inaction if there were no House of Lords! I know why they have dropped the House of Lords campaign; they are afraid that their mock warfare might turn into a warfare in earnest, and that somehow or other, without really intending it, they might destroy the House of Lords.

Now, I am greatly suspicious of that measure. I view with mistrust the prospect that Mr Asquith has opened out in announcing the introduction of a Reform Bill. I am afraid he seeks to mislead us into a swamp where we must sink and sink and sink, until he hears no more of our inconvenient clamour. What is to be the nature of this Reform Bill? It is to be introduced in a form applying, if you please, only to men! Now, why a Reform Bill for men? Are men fighting for franchise reform? Do they ever speak of it?

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