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   Women's Penny Paper (Newspaper) - November 3, 1888, London, Middlesex                                WOMENS PENNY PAPER The only Paper in the World Printed and Published by NOVEMBER Price One CIVIL AND POLITICAL IT seems paradoxical in these days to claim liberty for any class by argument in the matter of fundamental principles of Herbert and and a host of profound thinkers have left us nothing to say to talk generalities about the liberty of the subject is a dull which is acceptable nowhere A hard task lies with the speaker who has to stump the country his or her wellworn though never worn out If this is true of English liberty it is also true of the liberty of The treatment of this subject has passed through all the preliminary stages of criticism and This is as it should We have through the measles and other youthful complaints and have now the period of full adult But even if the season for is and we are feeling that there is little left to say on the it does not therefore by any that the subject going to be shelved far from are only just Mill and Spencer have left us not much to but they have left us everything to A preliminary skirmish in the way of talk h all very but now comes the moment when vigorous and is called Englishwomen have not been slow to perceive that the tide is turning and that they must now press on from the old methods to something Until very lately the mark of high tide in the Womens Suffrage agitation was the summoning of committee always public always signing of and the questioning of members of and so Today this high water mark is left far These useful and successful methods are still carried on as a mere matter of course by those who are now veterans in the army of have grown gray in the service to which they have given so and none can measure more accurately than they who have trod every step of the uphill how far we have climbed out of the dark valleys of the past towards the bright summits of our There is not one woman in any remote corner of the land who does not profit today by the work of the pioneers during the last 18 years she may be ignorant of and even unwilling to acknowledge but the fact that we are ignorant of the causes of our or of our does not destroy the law of causation it only shows our inability to work under the So there are working along three great lines of women who whether or not they are clearsighted enough to perceive it are the immediate outcome of the Womens Suffrage and whose work would not now be possible without These lines of activity are the Social or the Political and the In the direction of social or moral women are active members of many associations whose some wider and some show themselves under different but always for the one end of improved private and public In politics women are learning some wise and some foolish They are inevitably taking sides in the great issues which divide the and they are imitating the rival organisations of The Womens Liberal which will meet in Birmingham next side by side with the Mens is a visible proof that the entrance of women into politics is fully admitted by the The Conservatives claim precedence in the for with their acute power of organisation they were the first to welcome the aid of women in their Primrose In each case it is the triumph of the same that which John Stuart Mill first introduced into Parliament twentyone years but which many of us contended for long before the principle of the equality of women and men before the At the commencement of this new political work women are forced to realise that they are branded with the stamp of because they do not possess the Parliamentary They are like soldiers sent into battle with their hands It is one of our as it is of all who have considered the to remove this so that women can then with greater power espouse any cause that attracts we decline to enter party We take our stand on the unassailable without limitation or that sex shall no longer be a qualification for a and that whatever the basis of the franchise may it shall be as open to women as to This is the original position taken by all who have worked on this it is the only form in which women must present their claim to and by its clearness and its undoubted consistency it will ensure To the demand thus all women who are politicians are gradually compelled to give in their adhesion and its progress is no less remarkable in the House of where every year brings new till now a decided majority of the entire House in various their approval of the In what direction women will direct their energies when they vote we cannot now but the reforms needed in their interest will then only be begun The franchise is a not an to exactly as it was to What some of those ends may be we shall from time to time point confident in the knowledge that justice to women is all we and that justice to women does not involve or imply either injustice or antagonism to as we have one of the main lines of womens work is The great Congress held at Washington this attended by women from every civilised was one of the greatest demonstrations of the advancing moral power of women that the world has The International Temperance Movement is also farreaching in its and the British and Continental Federation is boldly carrying on its noble work with marked But it is to the primary as embodied in the demand for the that these and every other political association of women owe their They are the living embodiments of the principle that sex is no disqualifica and when that is conceded in almost every other walk of life it cannot long be denied in the polling THE MEETING OF following circular from the First Lord of the Treasury has been forwarded to the supporters of the Downing October 26 My dear will reassemble on Tuesday the 6th of and I venture most earnestly to request your attendance on that day and during the remainder of the session for the consideration of the important business which must be disposed be brouSht to an yours J   

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