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The Suffragettes - Twentieth Century

In the North East of Scotland, as elsewhere, Suffragettes were mostly middle class.

  • Although their husbands, fathers and brothers had been able to vote since 1885, they could not.
  • Women’s Suffrage was not a working class movement, as most working class men did not qualify to vote until 1918.
  • Dr Mary Esslemont was a noted Aberdeen suffragist. Her father (George) and grandfather (Peter) had been Liberal MPs
  • She was the first female president of the Student University Council, and later did much to improve the lot of poor working class women in Aberdeen.

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