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From Liberal to Labour with Womens Suffrage: The Story of Catherine Marshall Jo Vellacott

From Liberal to Labour with Womens Suffrage: The Story of Catherine Marshall

Jo Vellacott

Published May 19th 1993
ISBN : 9780773509580
Hardcover
544 pages
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By 1913 Marshall was uniquely placed as a lobbyist, with inside information and sympathetic listeners in every party. Through her the dynamically re-organized NUWSS brought the womens suffrage issue to the fore of public awareness. It pushed theMoreBy 1913 Marshall was uniquely placed as a lobbyist, with inside information and sympathetic listeners in every party. Through her the dynamically re-organized NUWSS brought the womens suffrage issue to the fore of public awareness. It pushed the Labour Party to adopt a strong stand on womens suffrage and raised working-class consciousness, re-awakening a long-dormant demand for full adult enfranchisement. Had the general election due in 1915 taken place, NUWSS financial and organizational support for the Labour Party might well have been substantial enough to influence the final results. These impressive achievements were forgotten by the time Catherine Marshall died in 1961. Even recent research on the period has failed to show the full significance of the issue of womens suffrage, much less Marshalls part in the movement. Jo Vellacotts revealing account of Marshalls political work also includes vivid descriptions of a liberal Victorian childhood, a strangely purposeless young adulthood, and the heady experiences of women who, through the awakening of political consciousness, forged a lifestyle to fit their new aspirations.