What does this tree mean?

B101 National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies August 1912

14 Gt. Smith St., Westminster, London, S.W.

President Mrs. Henry Fawcett, LL.D.


Colours: Red, White, and Green


What does this Tree Mean?

This Tree represents the great National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies

OBJECT - The object of the Union is to obtain the Parliamentary vote for women on the terms as it is or may be granted to men.

HISTORY - At the foot of the Tree is an Acorn marked 1867. That shows the date at which the First Suffrage Societies were started.

In 1867 Women's Suffrage Societies were formed in Manchester, London and Edinburgh, and among the women who helped in the work were Miss Lydia Becker, Miss Garrett (now Dr.Garrett Anderson) and Miss Emily Davies, LL.D. and among the signatures to the FIRST WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE PETITION presented to the House of Commons (1866) by JOHN STUART MILL were those of Florence Nightingale and Harriet Martineau.

CONSTIITUTION - Suffrage Societies went on growing and later (1897) were combined into the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. In 1910 the Federations were formed, which are represented by the Branches of the Tree.

These Federations consist of groups of Societies which are represented by the Leaves of the Tree.

Every year sees rapid growth in the number of new Societies. There are now (July, 1913) 441, and the total membership is over 43,000.

The policy of the Union is settled at a General Council which meets twice a year. To this Council every Society send representatives in proportion to the number of its members. This Council elects the Officers and Executive Committee for the year, who direct the work of the Union.

The President of the Union has for many years been Mrs. Henry Fawcett, LL.D.

METHODS - The methods of the Union are constitutional.

The way to join the Union is to become a member of one of its Societies.

The name and address of the Society in any given neighbourhood, and further information about the N.U.W.S.S., can be obtained from the Central Offices of the Union by writing to


National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies

14 Gt. Smith St., Westminster, London, S.W.

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