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Petition circulated by the Women's Suffrage Petition Committee, 1866

In 1866 this ‘Petition to the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in Parliament Assembled was circulated by the Women's Suffrage Petition Committee. A year later, approximately 1500 signatures were presented to Parliament. It marks the beginning of the continuous women's suffrage movement in Britain and caused John Stuart Mill to be the first MP to speak in favour of women's suffrage in Parliament.

Reproduced with permission from The Women's Library.

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