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The Women's National Anti‐Suffrage League

Julia Bush

in Women Against the Vote

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199248773
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191714689 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248773.003.0007
 The Women's National Anti‐Suffrage League

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The Women's National Anti-Suffrage League (WNASL) was launched in July 1908 to counter a new threat of imminent female enfranchisement. As a Women's League, it was developed on the basis of anti-suffrage views and traditions of female activism which extended back to the 1889 Appeal. During the two years of its independent existence, the WNASL formed over a hundred local branches, published leaflets and the monthly Anti-Suffrage Review, gathered hundreds of thousands of petition signatures, and achieved recognition from a sympathetic Prime Minister. It also began to organize its own local government activities so as to underline the existence of positive alternatives to the parliamentary franchise. The chapter analyzes these developments, concluding that the WNASL deserves to be understood on its own terms rather than merely as a precursor of the mixed-sex National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage (1910-18).

Keywords: female activism; Women's League; branches; Anti-Suffrage Review; petition; local government

Chapter.  14935 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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