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Gaining Women's Suffrage > Moderates
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Report from The Daily Mail on a Suffragist March, 11 February 1907
(By permission of the British Library)
 
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  • The Daily Mail was a popular and widely read newspaper in the early 1900s.
  • It was generally opposed to the idea of female suffrage. It was the Daily Mail which came up with the name Suffragette for the militant campaigners.
  • It was generally more sympathetic towards the moderate NUWSS.
  • The NUWSS organised thousands of marches and rallies in its campaign for the vote. It was a very large and well run organisation with over 100,000 members and over 500 branches across the country.
  • Millicent Fawcett was the leader of the NUWSS. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Eva Gore Booth were other leading members of the organisation.
  • Keir Hardie was a leading figure in the Labour Party and a supporter of women's suffrage (see Gallery 3 Case study 1).
  • The NUWSS was closely linked to a range of other organisations which also supported women's suffrage. Some of them were also involved in this march.
  • This particular march was badly affected by the weather. It rained so hard that it became known as 'The Mud March'.
  • The resolution referred to by Keir Hardie is that women should be given the vote on the same basis as men.
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