Source 4 - Why I want the vote

Maud Arncliffe Sennett was born in 1862. She became interested in the women's suffrage movement in 1906 and was a member of a number of suffrage organisations including the London Society for Women's Suffrage, the Women's Freedom League (WFL) and the Hampstead branch of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). She also founded the Northern Men's Federation for Women's Suffrage in 1911.

Maud documented her part in the campaign, as well as monitoring its progress and the actions of others, in a series of scrapbooks. These were donated to the British Museum on her death in 1936 by her husband. Thirty seven volumes of her scrapbook are now part of the collections at the British Library.

This source is taken from The Vote, a journal published by the Women's Freedom League. In it, Maud Arncliffe Sennett clearly outlines her motives for campaigning for the vote.

  • Are Maud's arguments typical amongst those who campaigned for the vote or do you think they are more personal?
  • How effective do you think the publication of personal stories was in gaining support for the campaign?

Taken from: The Vote
Author / Creator: Maud Arncliffe Sennett
Publisher: Women's Freedom League
Date: 1910
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: c.121.g.1, Vol 1