24 May 2015
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St Matthew’s Church, 1793,  Gentleman’s Magazine


Putting Walsall Memories

Progression of The Women's Movement & Fight for Equality


1792 Mary Wollstencraft publishes Vindication of the Rights of Women which raises the issues of women’s suffrage.
1852 Florence Nightingale wrote the book Cassandra that highlights the problems of women’s entitlement to education - she decided not to publish the book.
1857 The Matrimonial Causes Act allowed a husband to divorce his wife by proving adultery.
1867 When Benjamin Disraeli's government introduced the reform bill it was hoped that the vote might also be extended to women.
1867 John Stuart Mill raised the issue of women’s suffrage in the House of Commons.
1882 The Married Property Act was passed, meaning that a husband was no longer entitled to all of his wife’s possessions and earnings.
1883 The Women’s Co-operative Guild is established. The organisation supports women’s suffrage, also advocates Maternity Insurance Benefit and organises education classes for women.
1890 Clementina Black wrote the pamphlet On Marriage where she explained why some women were unwilling to get married.
1891 Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence wrote My Part in a Changing World, which is about her experiences as a social worker in a working class area of London.
1897 The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) was formed.
1903 The more militant suffrage Women's Social and Political Union is formed.
1906 The largest women’s demonstration to date took place with 300 women involved.
1907 The First Women’s Parliament attempted to force their way into Parliament to present a petition to the Prime Minister who refused to see them.
1907 The Women’s Freedom League is formed.
1909 Elizabeth Robins wrote an article Votes for Women, that criticised British marriage laws.
1909 Suffrage organisations use increasingly violent and drastic measures, such as hunger strikes, to further their cause.
1911 Millicent Garrett Fawcett criticised the passed of the 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act in her book Women's Suffrage
1911 A Walsall branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was developed.
1912 The Walsall branch of the WSPU opened a shop and office in Leicester Street.
1912 The first advert for the Women’s Social and Political Union in the Walsall Red Book appears in the 1913 edition, the adverts appeared every year until 1918.
1913 On 24th February 1913 a Walsall WSPU stall was overturned by a hostile crowd.
1913 Emily Davison threw herself in front of King George V's horse and was trampled to death.
1913 The Cat and Mouse Act was passed. The Act permitted the release of hunger striking suffragettes from prison when they were on the point of death and their re-arrest when they were partially recovered.
1913 The National Arson campaign began.
1918 The Representation of the People Act gave the vote to women over 30 who "occupied premises of a yearly value of not less than £5".
1918 Christabel Pankhurst stood at Smethwick as the Women’s Party candidate, although she was narrowly beaten.
1928 The Voting age for women was lowered to bring it in line with the voting age for men – age 21.