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â–˜Behind the locked doorâ–™: evelyn sharp, suffragette and rebel journalist [1]

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Evelyn Sharp (1869-1955) was a key figure in two of the major women's suffrage societies in Britain, the militant Women's Social and Political Union and the United Suffragists. She helped found the latter and became editor of Votes for Women during the First World War. She was twice imprisoned and became a tax resister. An established author who had published in The Yellow Book, she was especially well known for her children's fiction. This article explores how Evelyn Sharp sought to convey suffrage ideas and ideals to the non-suffrage press. It examines the ways in which she used her position as a journalist to influence editors and readers whose progressive outlooks tended to stop short of suffrage militancy. Drawing upon her brief periods in prison, she informed, infuriated and generated valuable debate.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

Publication date: March 1, 2003


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