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Actresses’ Franchise League [AFL] (act. 1908–1958) was formed in 1908 as ‘a bond of union between all women in the Theatrical profession who are in sympathy with the Woman’s Franchise Movement’. The organization was itself ‘strictly neutral in regard to Suffrage Tactics’ and membership was open to women who were or had been ‘connected with the Theatrical profession in any of its branches’. The constitution of the league declared its objectives as being to convince members of the theatrical profession of the necessity of extending the franchise to women on the same terms as men. It would campaign by using what it called ‘educational methods’ including propaganda meetings, and plays, sale of literature, and lectures (...

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Vera Louise Holme (1881–1969) by Dorothy Johnstone, 1919 © Estate of the Artist; private collection; photograph courtesy The Fine Art Society, London

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Holme, Vera Louise (1881–1969), actress and suffragette, was born on 29 August 1881 at 6 Lulworth Road, Birkdale, Lancashire, the daughter of Richard Holme, a timber merchant, and his wife, Mary Louisa (née Crowe). Nothing is known for certain of her education; she may have spent some of her youth in a convent school in ...