Series III: Subject Files, 1881-1990, inclusive
Scope and Content Note
The subject files cover the period from 1881 to Gawthorpe's death in 1973 (with most files dating from 1907 to 1913), as well as materials relating to Gawthorpe's estate up until 1990. The earlier material relates to the WSPU, including Gawthorpe's work in the North of England, as well as a range of other pro- and anti-suffrage organizations. This series extensively covers two of Gawthorpe's initiatives in 1912: her coordination of a petition against the forcible feeding of suffragette prisoners and her call for a national women's hunger strike. The petition drive generated responses from a range of figures, including Havelock Ellis and George Bernard Shaw, which are included in the subject file.