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Fawcett, Millicent – on why women should get the vote

“We are not asking Parliament to give a legislative expression to any theory or doctrine of equality between the sexes, but we ask Parliament to weigh the practical expediency of giving Parliamentary representation to a certain class of women who, as heads of households and ratepayers, have already had experience of voting in other elections, where much good and no harm whatever has resulted from including them in the lists of persons entitled to vote.”

15 April 1892 – responding to a letter by Mr Samuel Smith MP.

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