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Vanishing for the vote: Suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census

Jill Liddington


On census night, 2 April 1911, Asquith's Liberal government, which still denied women the vote, ordered every household to comply with its census requirements. So suffragette organizations urged women, all still unenfranchised, to boycott this census. Many did. Some inscribed their census schedules with the words ‘No Vote, No Census’. Others evaded the enumerator by sheltering in darkened houses ~ or, in the case of Emily Wilding Davison, by hiding inside a cupboard within the Houses of Parliament. Yet many decided against boycotting. Even some suffragettes, who might have been expected to reb ... More

Keywords: Census, Citizenship, Suffrage, Reform, Edwardian

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087486
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087486.001.0001


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Jill Liddington, author

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PART I Prelude: people and their politics

PART II Narrative: October 1909 to April 1911

PART III Census night: Places and Spaces

Part Iv The census and beyond