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The Women's National Anti-Suffrage League was founded in London on 21 July, 1908. Its aims were to oppose women being granted the vote in United Kingdom parliamentary elections, although it did support their having votes in local government elections. The chair was Lady Jersey, and other leading supporters included Mrs Humphry Ward, Violet Markham, Gertrude Bell and Hilaire Belloc MP. It established local branches, gathered 337,018 signatures on an anti-suffrage petition, and published the Anti-Suffrage Review from 1908 to 1918.

By 1910 it had run out of funds and merged with the Men's League for Opposing Woman Suffrage to form the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage; the merger was in effect a takeover, with the president of the former organisation, Lord Cromer, becoming president of the new one.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Roger Owen, Lord Cromer: Victorian Imperialist, Edwardian Proconsul, Oxford University Press (2004), page 376. ISBN 0199279667
  • The Times, Wednesday, Jul 22, 1908; pg. 13; Issue 38705; col D
  • The Times, Thursday, Dec 08, 1910; pg. 9; Issue 39450; col E: "Woman Suffrage. The Anti-Suffrage Movement, A New Organization."
  • The archives of the Women's National Anti-Suffrage League are held at the Women's Library, based at London Metropolitan University: * [1]


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