Notes for a speech by Millicent Garrett Fawcett

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Manuscript notes, ten sheets, with two press cuttings. Notes for a speech at Liverpool, 27 Jul 1916. Opens by thanking the 'splendid generosity of your Federation'. Talks much about Russia, Poles and Poland. Then about contribution of women to the war, the question of the electoral register, and the importance of not ignoring the service of women. Not claiming 'WS as a reward for services rendered', 'I believe that the readiness of women to shoulder the national burden and their proven capacity to do so have already undermined the citadel of anti-suffragism' - gives several quotations in support of this. Two press cuttings: one from the Manchester Guardian, 24 Jul 1916, about the Scottish Women's Hospitals work in France, and one (source unspecified) a report of a speech by Lord Derby, praising the work of women during the war.