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Actresses’ Franchise League  

Naomi Paxton

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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Hatton, Bessie Lyle (1867–1964), actress, author, and suffrage activist  

Alexandra Hughes-Johnson

Hatton, Bessie Lyle (1867–1964), actress, author, and suffrage activist, was born at Lansdowne Crescent, Claines, near Worcester, Worcestershire, on 22 November 1867, the youngest daughter of the novelist and journalist Joseph Paul Christopher Hatton (1841–1907) and his wife, Louisa, née Johnson...


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Holme, Vera Louise (1881–1969)  

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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


Holme, Vera Louise (1881–1969), actress and suffragette  

Elizabeth Crawford

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 ...


Moore, Eva [married name Eva Moore Esmond Jack] (1868–1955), actress and suffragist  

Maroula Joannou

Moore, Eva [married name Eva Moore Esmond Jack] (1868–1955), actress and suffragist, was born on 9 February 1868 at 67 Preston Street, Brighton, the eighth of ten children of Edward Henry Moore, a chemist, and his wife, Emily Strachan. She was educated in ...