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1868 –  The National Society for Women’s Suffrage was founded. The first society campaigning for the vote at national level.

But the biggest women’s issue of the day was the Contagious Diseases Acts. 1869 – The Ladies National Association for the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Acts was founded. Over the next 15 years there were 900 meetings, and 17,000 petitions collected 2,600,000 signatures of support. The Acts were repealed in 1886. Large scale successful national women’s protest movements were born.

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