Members of the Women Writers' Suffrage League preparing to march in the NUWSS procession of 13 June 1908. The 'Writers' black and white velvet banner they carry was designed by Mary Lowndes and executed by Mrs Herringham, founding members of the Artists' Suffrage League. The WWSL had recently been formed in 1908 with the mission 'to obtain the vote for women on the same terms as it is or may be granted to men. Its methods are those proper to writers - the use of the pen.' Founding members included Cicely Hamilton, Beatrice Harraden and Dorien Leigh.
The NUWSS demonstration of 13 June 1908 was intended to convince the new Liberal Prime Minister Asquith that there was mass support in the country for female suffrage. The event was attended by thousands of women from all areas of the UK who arrived in London on specially chartered trains. The 'glorious spectacle' enhanced by the gowns of doctors and graduates and 'nearly a thousand beautiful banners and bannerettes, each different, each wrought in gorgeous colour and rich materials' attracted much public interest and publicity.
1908 AD - 1908 AD
Members of the Women Writers' Suffrage League, NUWSS procession