Suffragism and internationalism: The enfranchisement of British and Indian women under an imperial state

  title={Suffragism and internationalism: The enfranchisement of British and Indian women under an imperial state},
  author={Mrinalini Sinha},
  journal={Indian Economic \& Social History Review},
  pages={461 - 484}
  • M. Sinha
  • Published 1 December 1999
  • Political Science
  • Indian Economic & Social History Review
The terms of women’s franchise in 1927 in Britain and in India led the Irish feminist, Margaret Cousins, one of the founding members of the leading suffrage organisation of women in India, to make the following comparison: ’Women now have exactly the same voting rights as men in India, unlike in Britain where only women over thirty can vote.’’ Cousins’ comment, of course, carried special resonance because it implied an ironic reversal of a familiar rhetoric of British suffragism. British… Expand
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AIWC Library, New Delhi. See also Eleanor McDougall to Mrs. Grey (Rathbone's companion on her trip to India in 1931)
  • See AIWC Annual Report
Constructing an Asian Identity: Organized Indian Women and the Search for an "Asian" Sisterhood
  • Paper Presented at the Annual MAR/Association of Asian Studies Conference
For a discussion of Indian women's internationalist activities in the inter-war period, see Mrinalini Sinha, 'The Contribution of Indian Women to Interwar Internationalism
    For the report of the Lothian Committee, see Indian Franchise Committee
      Miscellaneous Collections 612. Catt's plea
        Miscellaneous Collections 612. For reports on Naidu's speech at the IWSA conference in Geneva, see Stri Dharma
        • Padmaja Naidu Papers, Correspondence with Sarojini Naidu, NMML. Other Indian suffragists at Geneva included Mrinalini Sen
        The British Liaison Group was formed in 1934 soon after the annual meeting of the AIWC; see AIWC Papers, File 59, Series 1. Also see the final number of the Bulletin of the Indian Women's Movement