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Roots of women's suffrage


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In February 1851 a meeting was held to form the Female political society at the Democratic Temperance Hotel 33 Queen Street Sheffield. The first suffragette meeting.

It was formed from a mix of Chartists anti corn law activists and slavery abolitionists. 2 Women Anne Knight and Anne Kent had gone to an anti slavery conference in London. Many of the women who had gone were not allowed entry and none were allowed to speak. As a consequence of this and a continued failure of them getting any men to take their views seriously. Anne Kent wrote to Mrs E Crooke of the National Charter association with the idea of forming a group to push for women's suffrage.

Is this momentous event in History marked in Sheffield History books? Is there a plaque on the wall of the Temperance Hotel? The Hotel was demolished about 10 years ago. Nowhere is this fact recorded in Sheffield history books though some of the women abolitionists are written about. No plaque either.

Who was Mrs E Crooke? I don't know. I think she was possibly Eliza Crooke. I can't find a burial record so far. Anyone find a suitable candidate in the census records? Also looking for Abiah Higginbottom secretary of the Women's Rights Association in 1851.

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