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Notice of a demonstration in support of Sir Arthur Rollit's Parliamentary Franchise (Extension to Women) Bill, 1892

UCL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, MS ADD 157 BOX 1 FOLDER 5, F.75

This printed notice was found in the papers of the women's rights campaigner Charlotte Carmichael Stopes, and has her manuscript notes about citizenship on the reverse. It advertises a demonstration in support of the 1892 Parliamentary Franchise (Extension to Women) Bill, which proposed extending the franchise to between c.8-900,000 women, based on income and social status.

Prominent figures, including suffrage campaigners Lady Florence Dixie and Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the playwright George Bernard Shaw, were expected to attend. On the night the demonstration was apparently interrupted by members of the Women's Franchise League. They opposed the Bill because it did not expressly include married women.

An open letter from former Prime Minister W E Gladstone setting out his arguments against the Bill is also on display.

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