Records of the League of Church Militant

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of one file relating to the dissolution of the League, including some information about its history.

Administrative / Biographical History

The League of Church Militant (1909-1928) was founded as the Church League for Women's in 1909, a non-party organisation open to members of the Church of England who wished to campaign 'to secure for women the vote in Church and State.’ In 1917 it became the League of Church Militant with aims including the establishment of equal rights and opportunities for men and women both in Church and State and the 'settlement of all international questions on the basis of right, not of might.’ After the end of the First World War it shifted its main attention to the following aim, as adopted at a Council meeting in 1919: 'To challenge definitely … what has hitherto been the custom of the Church of confining the priesthood to men.’ After the Franchise Act received Royal Assent in 1928, the League felt that one of its main aims had been realised and that, whilst it still desired to see women ordained to the ministry of the Church, felt that this might be better carried on through other means. In 1928 it therefore decided to wind up its affairs. The campaign for the ordination of women was continued by the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women (f.1930) and many of those, including E Louie Acres, who had been active in the League, were prominent within the Group.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Found with unlisted material of unknown provenance, 1993 and given the reference M/LCM. Formally accessioned, Jul 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds Description (1 folder only)

Related Material

The Women's Library also holds papers of Agnes Maude Royden (7AMR) and of the Anglican Group for the Ordination of Women (5AGO). Pamphlets and periodicals of the Church League for Women's Suffrage and the League of Church Militant are held amongst The Women's Library’s Printed Collections.