Agnes Porter

Dr. Agnes Ellen Porter was a young woman involved in the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and a supporter of women’s suffrage. She graduated from the MBChB class at University of Edinburgh in 1906.

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Dr Agnes Ellen Porter pictured 7th from the left. Source: http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/edinburghuniversityarchives/category/collections/

An Article in the Scotsman from Wednesday December 23rd 1916 depicts her showing her support for women’s right to vote:

“Edinburgh Suffragists congratulate the Pankhurts. – For the purpose of congratulating Mrs and Miss Pankhurst on their release from Holloway jail, the members of the Women’s Social and Political Union held an open-air demonstration at the foot of the Mound last night. A crowd of around 200, mainly composed of men, gathered and were addressed by several speakers, who spoke from an open cab.


Miss Chapman, Edinburgh, who presided, pointed out that it was expected Mrs and Miss Pankhurst would have been released that day and, therefore, they had gathered in order to congratulate them and at the same time, further the cause of women’s suffrage.


Members of Parliament had said things far more revolutionary than either of the two Pankhursts, so she did not consider it fair that they should be sent to prison because they were women.
No fewer than 300 women had been sent to prison for advocating women’s rights, but not one of them had whinged or complained about their incarceration. The all admired Mrs and Miss Pankhurst for the pluck  they had shown. Both these leaders had done a very brave, wise and creditable thing in fighting as they had done to get votes for women.


DR AGNES PORTER, a rather attractive young lady, reasoned briefly on behalf of women’s suffrage; “Votes for women,” she said they might substitute “fair play for women,” “fair wages for women” or “fair laws for women”. Great Britain, she declared, giving an instance of how women were debarred, was the only country in the world, except Turkey, where the Universities were not fully open to them. Even in Turkey, women were in many ways much better off than in Britain.

They asked for the vote because they saw that in all the other countries women did not get what they wanted until they had a vote.

Another speaker, Miss Scott, said nowadays women were classed with criminals, paupers, lunatics, aliens and infants in so far that they did not get the vote. In course of time others might qualify for representation but women never got the vote. They desired the cote to bring about reforms.”

Dr Porter was also mentioned in The Govan Press issue 26th May 1916 (pg 4)

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