Previously on blog 2…1867 MP John Stuart Mill tables an amendment to the Reform Bill which would give propertied women the same voting rights as propertied men.
Mill was heard by the House with attention and respect. He was seconded in a short speech by Henry Fawcett (later married Millie Garrett, who became president of the largest of the women’s suffrage societies. She was Elizabeth Garrett’s sister). The amendment was defeated but the defeat was less resounding than the women had expected. They were delighted with the vote of 196 against, 73 for. The Suffrage Committee continued as a permanent organisation with another of the Garrett sisters, Louie Smith as secretary.