Vote 100: Suffragists

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, GWL is developing an animated web resource highlighting the forgotten heroines who have campaigned for women across the world to have the right to vote.

Suffragists adopted a peaceful and non-confrontational approach to campaigning. Members believed that success could be gained by argument and education.

Concepción Felix de Calderón

Concepción Felix de Calderon was born in the Philippines in 1884 and founded the Feminist Association of the Philippines in 1905.

Qiu Jin

Qiu Jin was a Chinese revolutionary feminist and poet who was known as China’s Joan of Arc.

Sojourner Truth

At a meeting of women’s rights activists the noise from heckling clergymen was so bad that no one could quieten them. Then Sojourner Truth spoke out: ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ By the time she finished, the disrespect had turned to a roar of approval.

Jane Arthur

Jane Arthur was a suffragist from Paisley who became the first Scottish woman to be elected to a Scottish school board in 1873.

Flora McDonald Denison

Flora McDonald Denison was a Canadian dressmaker, writer, journalist, innkeeper, social reformer, feminist, and suffragist.

Eunice Guthrie Murray

Eunice Guthrie Murray was a Suffragist, political activist, historian, and author who championed women’s rights throughout her life.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an abolitionist, human rights activist and one of the first leaders of the woman’s rights movement in America.

Jane Taylour

Jane Taylour was a Suffragist and one of the first women to give lectures in public.

Tekla Hultin

Tekla Hultin was Finland’s second female doctor and founded the Finnish Women’s Union in 1907.

Agnes Husband

Agnes Husband, a milliner and dressmaker, was a suffragette and one of Dundee’s first women councillors.