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Caroline Phillips: balancing life as a journalist and a suffragette in a Scottish city.

Pedersen, Sarah



© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Aberdeen Art Gallery holds a unique collection in the history of the Scottish women’s suffrage movement: the correspondence of Caroline Phillips, journalist and honorary secretary of the Aberdeen branch of the WSPU, 1907-09. Through her correspondence, Phillips wrestled with the demands of London headquarters for more militant action, was tempted to join the Women’s Freedom League, and finally saw herself and her friend Helen Fraser replaced by the Pankhursts. Because of her involvement in the suffrage movement, Phillips found it difficult to gain entrance to some political events in the city, making it impossible to complete her work as a reporter, and was threatened with dismissal by her employer. She was also torn between the demands for militant action of the WSPU leadership and her own instinct for a more conciliatory approach. Her correspondence reveals the emotional and personal costs of working for ‘the cause’ in a city far away from the heart of the suffrage movement, but also the fulfilling friendships that sustained and supported her.


PEDERSEN, S. 2020. Caroline Phillips: balancing life as a journalist and a suffragette in a Scottish city. Women's history review [online], 29(6): the women's suffrage campaign in Britain and Ireland: new perspectives, pages 940-954. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 18, 2020
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Publication Date Sep 30, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 20, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2021
Journal Women's history review
Print ISSN 0961-2025
Electronic ISSN 1747-583X
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 6
Pages 940-954
Keywords Aberdeen; Suffragette; WSPU; Pankhurst; WFL
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