Miss Anna Gillies MacDonald Munro

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Single

Born: 1881

Died: 1962

Place of birth: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Main Suffrage Society: WFL

Other Societies: WSPU

Society Role: Organiser

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 2


Other sources: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4769024
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866?1928 (1999); L Leneman, A Guid Cause: The Women's Suffrage Movement in Scotland (1991)

Database linked sources: https://www.suffrageresources.org.uk/resource/3229/the-womens-freedom-league

Further Information:

Family information: Father was a schoolmaster. Married Sydney Ashman in 1913.

Additional Information: Anna joined the WSPU in 1906 and became an organiser in Dunfermline, Scotland. However, when there was a split in the WSPU in 1907, Anna went with the breakaway group that formed the Women's Freedom League (WFL), becoming Teresa Billington-Greig's private secretary. Anna was arrested in 1908 after taking part in a deputation to Scottish Liberal politician Haldane. She was imprisoned for six weeks. She became organiser of the Scottish Council of the WFL and married her husband, who was a supporter of the Men's League for Women's Suffrage (MLWS), in 1913. She was arrested again that year for holding an illegal suffrage meeting in Hyde Park. Anna was said to be a great speaker, 'tall and elegant'. During and after the First World War, she continued working for the WFL, becoming its president until it ceased to be in 1961.

Other Suffrage Activities: Anna later became a magistrate in England and supported the Labour Party throughout her life.

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