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Report from The Illustrated London News of a Women's Right To Serve March in 1915
(PRO ref: zper 34/147)
 
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Source 1a

THE WOMAN'S RIGHT-TO-SERVE DEMONSTRATION: A GREAT PROCESSION.

The demonstration, on July 17, of thousands of women from all classes - aristocrats, professionals, workers in many forms of art and industry, women who rejoice in demonstrating, and women whom nothing but clear conviction and a strong sense of duty would draw from their quiet homes into the glare of publicity - which was organised to demand as a right that women should be allowed to take their share in munition and other war work, was a success in every detail, except the weather, which was deplorable.

As our photographs prove, it was picturesque, enthusiastic and impressive, and drew a concourse of many thousands, some of whom may have "come to scoff," but remained to sympathise, encourage, and admire. The demonstration will be historic, and when the story of the World War comes to be written, the patriotic part played by women of the Empire, of France, of Belgium, of Italy, of Russia, will be chronicled, and this great demonstration of women craving to work for the war will find honourable place.

 

Source 1b

In a neighbourhood noted before the war for militant suffragette demonstrations! The procession in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament.

 

Source 1c

The Allies: The bearer of the flags of the nations warring against Germany

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