1918 Women Win the Vote: 100 blogs to the centenary on Votes for Women 1866-1918 – Blog 23

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1902: Leading light in the Votes for Women movement, Eva Gore-Booth, campaigned at the Clitheroe by-election for Labour candidate David Shackleton, who had promised to favour the enfranchisement of women. He was elected and immediately went back on his promise (such disingenuous behaviour by politicians had been and would remain a recurring theme throughout the Votes for Women campaign). This led to the foundation of the Lancashire & Cheshire Women’s Textile & other Workers Representative Committee by Eva Gore-Booth, Esther Roper and Sarah Reddish. And this in turn led Eva Gore-Booth to meet a young Manchester woman, fresh out of university, whose family were interested in the Suffragist cause. Her name was Christabel Pankhurst.

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