Miss Winifred Alice Monck-Mason

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Single

Born: 1870

Died: 1967

Place of birth: India

Education: Italia Conti Dramatic School

Occupation: Actor

Main Suffrage Society: AFL

Other Societies: WSPU

Society Role: Organising secretary (AFL)

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 5


Other sources: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4769024
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866?1928 (1999)

Further Information:

Family information: Daughter of Alice Monck-Mason.

Additional Information: Winifred, more well known as 'Winifred Mayo', was arrested and imprisoned in 1908 for her part in a deputation to the House of Commons. She was arrested again in 1909 and on 'Black Friday' in 1910, but was discharged. She took part in the window-smashing campaign in March 1911 and was sentenced to three weeks in prison. However, it was Winifred's acting and stage talents that were perhaps put to greatest effect for the WSPU. For instance, she gave elocution lessons to WSPU speakers and starred in at least one suffrage play. She was also a founding member of the Actresses Franchise League (AFL), becoming its organising secretary in 1912 and joint honorary treasurer in 1934.

Other Suffrage Activities: Winifred was on the advisory committee of the British Women's Hospital during the First World War and, in the mid-1920s, was organising secretary to the Six Point Group, who campaigned on issues most affecting women. She went on to be vice president. She was also a member of equality groups like the Open Door Council and Equal Rights International.

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