This was the response from suffragist, Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett, when asked why women would want the vote1.
There are lots of events, exhibitions, programmes, etc., taking place today and this year to mark this important historic event but I wanted to delve into some of the primary sources available to us at the Library which allow you to find out more about the suffragette movement in the UK.
What did the papers say?
The Library subscribes to a large number of online newspaper archives that will allow you to see what events were being reported on at the time and how they were being reported. Read full text articles, compare how different newspapers were covering the same issues and stories, track coverage from the start of the suffragette movement in the 19th century up to the Representation of the People Act 1918 and beyond.
Screenshot from UK Press Online showing the front page of the Daily Express from Thursday February 7, 1918.