suffragette movement Women's campaign in Britain in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to gain the franchise. It began in the 1860s, and developed until the founding of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies in 1897. Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903. By 1910 the movement split into several factions, including the Women's Freedom League (founded 1908). In 1913, Sylvia Pankhurst founded the East London Federation, which organized marches in London. Women age 30 and over were given the vote in 1918.
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