LETTER : War work on votes for women

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From Ms Margot Lawrence

Sir: John Campbell (letter, 10 February) is right in stating that women won the vote in 1918 as a result of participation as munitions workers and nurses. The right to vote for women had actually been negotiated much earlier than 1918, between Mrs Pankhurst, the suffragette leader, and Lloyd George, around the date when the Government introduced conscription for men. In return for the promise of the vote, Mrs Pankhurst undertook to call off her followers' resolute opposition to doing war work in factories, farms, etc, in place of the men being called up.

Yours,

Margot Lawrence

Edgware,

Middlesex

14 February

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