The Women's Freedom League

Dr Claire Eustance

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Women's Freedom League, Carnarvon Office - LSE Library

In this podcast Dr Claire Eustance of Greenwich Unversity looks at the Women's Freedom League, which was formed in 1907 by 77 members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The Women's Freedom League had a wider feminist agenda that looked towards life beyond enfranchisement. 

The podcast explores who the Women's Freedom League were and why they were important, despite being little-known today. It investigates their nature as a militant but non-violent group who viewed themselves as 'outlaws', and their use of tactics such as tax resistance and census boycott. Dr Eustance highlights some of the League's key figures including Teresa Billington-Greig. She considers what made the Women's Freedom League different and its unique achievements, and also why their contribution has not been more widely recognised. 

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1. Who were the Women’s Freedom League?
2. Was the Women’s Freedom League a militant or law abiding society?
3. Who was an influential figure in the society and why?
4. How was the Women’s Freedom League different and what were its achievements?
5. Why are the Women’s Freedom League underrepresented in the histories of women’s suffrage?

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