Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. A. Stanley Trickett


The Times, the mighty organ of the London press, took no notice of a disturbance created by two young women during Sir Edward Grey's speech at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester on October 13, 1905. It should have; with their small banners inscribed with the same words they shouted, "Votes for women!" Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney with this action set a precedent to be followed fervently by vote-seeking women for the next nine years. The actions of these young women and their followers would be ridiculed by press and public from the time of initiation until the outbreak of the World War, but a strident note of rebellion against the existing order was sounded by this "outrageous" act in Manchester.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the College of Graduate Studies University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Mary Jane Fout June, 1964

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