Muriel Matters

Social Reformer

Muriel Matters, born in Adelaide, was a suffragette, campaigning for votes for women in Britain. She was also a lecturer, actor, journalist and elocutionist. Matters moved to London in 1905 and soon joined the Women’s Freedom League. Campaign highlights included travelling around the South East of England in the Votes for Women caravan; ‘the grille incident’, when Matters and Helen Fox chained themselves to the grille which obscured the view from the Ladies’ Gallery into the House of Commons; and distributing pamphlets from an airship.