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First Motion for Woman’s Suffrage

April 14, 1868 —  First public meeting of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage, Assembly Room, Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England


First motion: . . . that the exclusion of women from the exercise of the franchise in the election of Members of Parliament being unjust in principle and inexpedient in practice, this meeting is of the opinion that the right of voting should be granted to them on the same terms as it is or may be granted to men.”

[The other motions were made by Agnes Pochin and Anne Robertson.] 



Source: Women’s Suffrage: A Record of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the British Isles, with Biographical Sketches of Miss Becker, by Helen Blackburn, (Oxford: Williams & Norgate) 1902, pp. 71-72.