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Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist MovementThe Biography of an Insurgent Woman$
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Maureen Wright

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719081095

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719081095.001.0001

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The Women’s Emancipation Union, 1891–July 1899: ‘no mere suffrage society’

The Women’s Emancipation Union, 1891–July 1899: ‘no mere suffrage society’

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(p.151) 6 The Women’s Emancipation Union, 1891–July 1899: ‘no mere suffrage society’
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Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian Feminist Movement
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Maureen Wright

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719081095.003.0007

This chapter demonstrates that Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy took the analysis to new lengths in the work of the Women's Emancipation Union (WEU). Elizabeth joined her husband in working for the Fair Trade alliance after resigning from the Women's Franchise League. The central place played by the Clitheroe judgment in the WEU's formation was mirrored in the prominence given to the issue of women's sexual subjection in WEU endeavours. As head of the WEU, Elizabeth advocated partnerships which placed ‘the moral regeneration of mankind’ at their heart. The highs and lows of WEU campaigning were recorded purely because Elizabeth believed its activities historically significant and wished to secure its archive. Few could dispute Elizabeth's willingness to partake personally in those ‘politics of disruption’ that she would continually advocate as the right course for suffragists in the new century.

Keywords:   Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, Women's Emancipation Union, Fair Trade, Women's Franchise League, women's sexual subjection

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