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First Political Action In 1642, impoverished women working in a variety of trades collectively rebelled and marched into London to petition the Houses of Lords and Commons. They wanted the law to take into account their status of working individuals and to improve the conditions of the working class. Upon seeing them , the Duke of Richmond allegedly ordered (sarcastically) ...

At this point, it is believed that the mob of nearly 400 women attacked him physically and broke his staff of office.

English working women continued to protest whenever political decisions discriminated against them or their class. Although these early efforts cannot be termed "feminist" in the contemporary sense of the word, yet these women's collective sentiment of injustice and their determination to fight unjust laws testifies to a feminine consciousness which united them.

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