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March of the Women Collection - New suffragette collection arrives at Mary Evans Picture Library

Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK's leading source of historical images, is delighted to announce the arrival of the first thousand images from a major new contributor - 'The March of the Women' Collection. Documenting the history of the women's movement, primarily in Great Britain and Ireland, between the late nineteenth century and 1918, the collection focuses on the activities of the Suffragette movement from 1903-1914 and the role of women during the First World War. It was compiled over a period of over 30 years, and includes a wide range of material including postcards, magazines, pamphlets, books and artefacts such as toys, games and novelty items.

As a collection, it offers a visual record of the way in which the movement worked to influence, inform and persuade public opinion through the production of propaganda. Their adoption of 'the colours', spectacular processions and mass rallies all gave the movement a strong visual presence and led to commercial firms producing vast numbers of postcards and other items recording the prominence of the suffragettes and the varying levels of support they received.

In addition, there are many items produced by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and Women's Freedom League (WFL), in recognition of the huge contribution made by individuals such as the sacrifices made by the hunger strikers who were given medals and brooches. The collection also offers material documenting the anti-suffrage movement's vociferous arguments while images from the Great War period focuses on the contribution made by women on the home front - replacing men in all types of employment - and to some extent, on their involvement in the various women's organisations at the Front.

"We are delighted to be able to make available this unique collection," says Tom Gillmor, Head of Content at Mary Evans. "The March of the Women Collection not only portrays the main protagonists and events in the fight for female suffrage, but offers some fascinating and unusual items such as children's books and comics, the result of three decades of collecting by its owners.

'The March of the Women' Collection is exclusively available at Mary Evans Picture Library. To see a selection of images please click here.

For further information, or licensing queries, please contact:

Tom Gillmor
Mary Evans Picture Library
59 Tranquil Vale
London SE3 0BS, UK
T: +44 (0)20 8318 0034
F: +44 (0)20 8852 7211