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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

5 - “No More Fitting Commemoration”?


Suffragists were enraged by their opponents' tactics. Surveying Queen Victoria's accomplishments from the vantage point of the 1870s and 1880s, feminist activists could plainly see that Victoria was not merely the “figurehead” that so many anti-suffragists purported her to be. Yet, in their quest to challenge those who insisted that Victoria was merely a puppet, they faced a fresh dilemma: how to promote the rights of the sovereign in an increasingly democratic political culture? This chapter explores this conundrum, following women's rights activists as they tried to wrest the queen from their opponents during the Golden and Diamond jubilee celebrations of 1887 and 1897.