The British Women's Suffrage Movement: Background information when reading Fall of Giants

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Fall of Giants

Book One of the Century Trilogy

by Ken Follett

Fall of Giants
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The British Women's Suffrage Movement

Ethel and Maud's agitation for women's suffrage is a critical element in Fall of Giants. According to Follett: "of all the massive changes that took place in the 20th century, the biggest was equality for women."

Though there were instances of agitation for a woman's right to vote in Britain prior to the formation of the National Society for Women's Suffrage (NSWS), women's suffrage as a national movement did not begin until 1872 when the NSWS brought women's suffrage to national attention. Emmeline PankhurstThe NSWS was critical in bringing the movement forward, but little was accomplished through their constitutional efforts until a militant campaign was adopted with the ...

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