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The local branch of NUWSS had appealed for him to be heard in peace but militants started a chant of "votes for women".
Both the NUWSS and WSPU leaderships regarded universal suffrage as a utopian socialist daydream.
Such acts ended not only any public sympathy for the movement, but also resulted in the NUWSS and other groups distancing themselves from the WSPU (Harrison 60).
The Boadicea Banner, which had also been used a few weeks earlier on June 13 at a procession by the NUWSS, was probably designed by artist and feminist, Mary Lowndes.
Not only did Margaret Fisher march; together with Emily McGowen, wife of the NSW Labor premier, she also pinned on the purple, green and white colours of the militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) rather than the red, white and green of the larger but non-militant NUWSS. Perhaps this was not surprising as Fisher's good friend from Ayrshire mining days, British Labour leader Keir Hardie, was a strong supporter of the WSPU.
Formed in 1903 by six women, including Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst, the WSPU was a splinter group of the larger constitutional and nonmilitant NUWSS. Taking "Deeds Not Words" as its motto, the WSPU instigated a campaign for suffrage based on the "rhetoric of crusade and martyrdom." (15) The movement's first years were relatively quiescent.
In October, 1914, however, an unmissable opportunity came her way, to travel to America with Mrs Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, a well-known speaker for the NUWSS, as her secretary and assistant.
Mutual respect and a corporate spirit mattered as much to Charlotte Despard as to Alice Meynell, an admirer of the nonmilitant NUWSS. When the National Union organized a demonstration on June 13, 1908, more than ten thousand women peacefully marched through London.
Feminists like Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy, compiled tables of parliamentary supporters, carefully examining the parliamentary arithmetic, but the task was futile as were the pressure group tactics of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), lead by Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
Rubenstein has made excellent use of Fawcett's correspondence, the records of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society (NUWSS), and other primary sources in providing a much fuller account than hitherto available.
In 1907, the first branch of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in Wales was founded in Llandudno's Cocoa House, with others in Rhyl, Conwy, and Bangor forming the following year.