The United Suffragists was a women's suffrage movement in the United Kingdom.
The group was founded on 6 February 1914, by former members and supporters of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). In contrast to the WSPU, it admitted men,and it also admitted non-militant suffragists.
Founder members of the United Suffragists included Louisa Garrett Anderson, H. J. Gillespie, Gerald Gould, Agnes Harben and Henry Devenish Harben, Bessie Lansbury, George Lansbury, Mary Neal, Emmeline Pethick Lawrence, Julia Scurr and John Scurr, Evelyn Sharp,and Edith Ayrton. Louise Eates and Lena Ashwell also became members in 1914, and Ellen Smith who was in the Fabian Society, like H.J. Gillespie, who was the United Suffragists treasurer. Maud Arncliffe Sennett became its first vice-president.
Louisa Garrett Anderson was in the Edinburgh branch, and another branch was in Liverpool,supported by Patricia Woodlock. Helen Crawfurd formed a branch in Glasgow in 1915. Labour Party member Annie Somers was also active in the organisation, and Mary Phillips worked with them during 1915-16, and continued to develop with the Suffragette Fellowship and Six Point Group. Lillian Hicks was a former WSPU militant activist who became secretary of the Hampstead branch.
The United Suffragists organisation adopted Votes for Women as its newspaper; as this was run by Pethick-Lawrence and had formerly been associated with the WSPU, with Evelyn Sharp as its main editor.
Unlike the WSPU, United Suffragists continued to campaign through World War I, and although its newspaper circulation dropped, the organisation itself gradually attracted more members from both former WPSU as well as from the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
With the introduction of women's suffrage in 1918, the group dissolved itself, after holding a victory celebration, and also participating in the NUWSS celebrations, and discontinued its newspaper.
Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett was an English politician, writer and feminist. She campaigned for women's suffrage through legal change and from 1897 to 1919 led Britain's largest women's rights association, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). She explained, "I cannot say I became a suffragist. I always was one, from the time I was old enough to think at all about the principles of Representative Government." Fawcett tried to broaden women's chances of higher education, serving as a governor of Bedford College, London and co-founding Newnham College, Cambridge in 1875. In 2018, 100 years after the Representation of the People Act, she became the first woman honoured by a statue in Parliament Square.
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Louisa Garrett Anderson, CBE was a medical pioneer, a member of the Women's Social and Political Union, a suffragette, and social reformer. She was the daughter of the founding medical pioneer Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, whose biography she wrote in 1939.
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Evelyn Jane Sharp was a key figure in two major British women's suffrage societies, the militant Women's Social and Political Union and the United Suffragists. She helped found the latter and became editor of Votes for Women during the First World War. She was twice imprisoned and became a tax resister. An established author who had published in The Yellow Book, she was especially well known for her children's fiction.
Julia Scurr was a British politician and suffragette.
Women's suffrage in Wales has historically been marginalised due to the prominence of societies and political groups in England which led the reform for women throughout the United Kingdom. Due to differing social structures and a heavily industrialised working-class society, the growth of a national movement in Wales grew but then stuttered in the late nineteenth century in comparison with that of England. Nevertheless, distinct Welsh groups and individuals rose to prominence and were vocal in the rise of suffrage in Wales and the rest of Great Britain.
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(Alice) Maud Arncliffe Sennett also known with the stage name of Mary Kingsley was an English actress and suffragist and a suffragette, arrested four times for her activism.
Edith Ayrton or Edith Ayrton Zangwill was a British author and activist. She helped form the Jewish League for Woman Suffrage.
Ada Cecile Granville Wright was an English suffragist. Her photo on the front page of the Daily Mirror on 19 November became an iconic image of the suffrage movement.
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