Mrs Edith Ruth Mansell-Moullin

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1858

Died: 1941

Place of birth: Highgate, Middlesex, England

Main Suffrage Society: FSCU

Other Societies: CSU; WSPU; CLWS

Society Role: Secretary (CLWS)

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 1


Other sources:
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866?1928 (1999)

Further Information:

Family information: Married Charles Mansell-Moullin, a surgeon.

Additional Information: Edith joined the WSPU in 1907, giving up her aid work in the soup kitchens and poorest slums in London to work on behalf of the suffrage cause. She was a treasurer for the Church League for Women's Suffrage (CLWS) and was a regular at the Kensington (London) branch of the WSPU. She was put in prison in 1911 after taking part in a deputation to the House of Commons, and was also present on 'Black Friday' in 1910. In 1911, Edith illegally 'resisted' the government census survey from her home at 69 Wimpole Street, London, as part of a wider suffrage boycott, by refusing to give the required information ? writing 'No Vote, No Information' across her form. In June 1911, she also organised the Welsh section of the huge Women's Coronation Procession through London. As a result, she founded the Welsh-based suffrage society the Cymric Suffrage Union (CSU) and, in 1912, a breakaway group, the Forward Cymric Suffrage Union (FCSU). Edith's husband supported women's suffrage. He was active in the Men's League for Women's Suffrage (MLWS) and, as vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, was outspoken in condemning the practice of forcibly feeding suffragette prisoners on hunger strike. Edith left the WSPU in 1913, but continued working with the FCSU until 1916.

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