1st Edition

History and Legacy of the Suffragette Fellowship Calling all Women!

By Eileen Luscombe Copyright 2024
    306 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    History and Legacy of the Suffragette Fellowship provides a biographical account of the scope and depth of the memory work of the now-forgotten commemorative group the Suffragette Fellowship, active from the 1920s to the 1970s.

    The Suffragette Fellowship comprised members from the militant suffrage groups known as the Women’s Social and Political Union, the Women’s Freedom League, and the Actress Franchise League. This research provides a comprehensive analysis of the Fellowship’s attempts to form and sustain a collective Suffragette identity across four decades of activity. It considers the legacy of contested histories attached to militant campaigning that pressured Fellowship leaders to take control of the public memory of suffrage history. With close attention given to a neglected piece of feminist history, this book highlights the cultural and political impacts that the Fellowship enacted in their memory of the women’s suffrage movement.

    Richly illustrated with images of members, artefacts, and publications, this extensive study of the Suffragette Fellowship adds to transnational suffrage histories in the United Kingdom and Australia and will be of interest to scholars in memory studies and women’s history.

    Introduction: Instruments of Memory  1. Origins  2. Days of Obligation  3. Sites of Memory  4. Prisoners  5. The Little Museum  6. The Great Silence  7. Shoulder to Shoulder Redux  8. Calling all Women  9. Friend or Foe  10. From Pankhurst to the Pill  11. Legacy


    Eileen Luscombe is an independent researcher interested in histories of militant suffrage campaigners, local histories of women, and histories of statues and monuments and resides in Western Victoria, Australia.