The anti-suffrage cause was very fortunate in its women writers. Opponents of votes for women included many of the best-selling female novelists of the day and a number of prominent women writers on social issues. This chapter considers the relationship between women writers and women readers, and the role of the New Woman as a late 19th-century literary icon. The novels of Charlotte Yonge, Eliza Lynn Linton, Mary Ward, and Marie Corelli are discussed in relation to these authors' anti-suffrage beliefs, and their fears of the deeper threat which suffragism posed to gender relations and the established social order. The same writers' journalism frequently spelt out such threats in lurid detail. The final section of the chapter returns to issues of social service and social reform. Some anti-suffrage reformers made their impact upon social thinking through their writings as well as through social action, including Octavia Hill, Beatrice Webb, and Florence Bell.
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