In Britain the struggle for women's suffrage was long and difficult. In the end many women campaigners resorted to militant, even violent tactics. It can be said that the campaign really began at the end of the 1860s but success was not achieved until 1918. By the end of the 19th century progress remained frustratingly slow but support for women's suffrage was growing. In 1897 the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) was founded to lead the fight for the right of women to vote. The NUWSS was committed to using peaceful means to promote their cause.