Sheffield Female Political Association

The Sheffield Female Political Association was the first women's suffrage organisation in the United Kingdom.[1]

The group was founded in February 1851 by several Sheffield women who were also active in the Chartist movement, led by Anne Kent and Anne Knight.[2] It also gained the support of Isaac Ironside's local Central Democratic Association.[3]

The Association passed a resolution written by Abiah Higginbotham[4] in support of the suffrage of adult women, and persuaded George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle to submit this as a petition to the House of Lords.[2][5] This probably inspired Harriet Taylor Mill to write The Enfranchisement of Women.[6]

Later in 1851, feminist activists Jeanne Deroin and Pauline Roland wrote to the group for support while imprisoned in France.[7]

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