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The Scottish suffragettes and the press.

Pedersen, Sarah



This chapter focuses on the coverage of the suffragettes in Scottish newspapers. While Scottish readers were similar to everyone else in Britain in their interest in the more shocking elements of suffragette militancy, it was only with the establishment of WSPU branches in Scotland and the arrival of organisers such as Teresa Billington in the country that detailed reports of WSPU demands and arguments began to appear in the Scottish press. Not surprisingly, Scottish readers were much more interested in Scottish suffragettes and, even better, events that occurred in Scotland rather than England. For this reason, the presentation of the suffragette campaign in the Scottish press differed from that of England, with different framing, leaders and foci of interest. It is therefore important, when discussing the suffrage campaign, to acknowledge that newspaper readers in different parts of the UK were presented with varying information and opinion about the suffragettes depending on where they lived and what they read.


PEDERSEN, S. 2021. The Scottish suffragettes and the press. In Wiley, C. and Rose, L.E. (eds.) Women's suffrage in word, image, music, stage and screen: the making of a movement. Abingdon: Routledge, pages 67-81. Available from:

Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 29, 2021
Publication Date Jul 14, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 11, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 30, 2022
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 67-81
Series Title Interdisciplinary research in gender
Book Title Women’s suffrage in word, image, music, stage and screen: the making of a movement
Chapter Number Chapter 5
ISBN 9780367361983; 9781032024929
Keywords Scottish newspapers; Suffrage; Women; Coverage; Militancy; WSPU
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