Plan of record groups 106 - London University: London School of Economics, The Women's Library

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London University: London School of Economics, The Women's Library


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The origins of The Women ’s Library can be traced back to the women ’s suffrage movement and the 1866 women ’s suffrage petition. This marked the beginning of the organised campaign for the vote which ended in 1928 when women achieved equal voting rights with men in the Equal Franchise Act. The Women ’s Library began its life in a converted pub in Marsham Street, Westminster, as the Library of the London Society for Women ’s Service in 1926. It had two aims: to preserve the history of the women ’s movement, and to provide a resource for newly enfranchised women to enter public life. The Library was renamed the Fawcett Library in 1957 and the Women ’s Library in 2002. The collection has had many homes and it moved to LSE in 2013 when it became custodians of the collection.

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