On the night of 2 April it’s estimated that thousands - or even tens of thousands - of women (and male supporters) resisted being counted in protest at the government’s refusal to grant them a vote.

Argus Census
Argus Census

In Brighton, ‘open houses’ were set up where resisters could spend the night away from home. The Gazette reports that one house in Hove was so full that only a third of women could sleep at one time, with the rest coming and going throughout the night to confuse snooping enumerators attempting a head-count. In another Brighton home they avoided questions by returning the incomplete form in a basket lowered from a top floor window. One Hove suffragette, Mary Hare, vandilised her census form with the words “Women don’t count therefore they will not be counted!”1911Census-mary%20hare.jpg1911Census-mary%20hare2.jpg