Women's Freedom League

Other organisations that campaigned included the Women's Freedom League, formed in 1907 by Teresa Billington-Greig and Charlotte Despard in a break from WSPU.

The Women’s Freedom League was a militant organisation, which agitated for women’s voting rights like the WSPU. However while the WSPU was run like an army, the WFL was a democratic organisation and used direct action such as passive resistance to taxation and non-cooperation with the census, rather than attacks on people and property

The Grille incident

On 28 October 1908 three WFL members, Murial Matters, Violet Tillard and Helen Fox, unfurled a banner from the Ladies' Gallery in the House of Commons.  Matters and Fox also chained themselves to the grille covering the Ladies' Gallery window. The authorities had to remove the grille with the women still attached, and the locks were filed off in a committee room.

It was one of three simultaneous demonstrations in Parliament that day, including one by women in St. Stephen's Hall and one by two men in the Members' Gallery.

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