Suffragette

Thanks to the current film Suffragette, the cause of women’s suffrage in the UK has been rather more in the public eye recently.

Women won the right to vote in 1918, but they had be aged thirty or above, whereas men had the right to vote at twenty-one.

Well we all know that boys mature so much earlier than girls.

Emmeline Pankhurst was the figurehead of the campaign. You can see a statue of her in Victoria Gardens, at the southern end of the Palace of Westminster.

Emmeline Pankhurst
In the course of researching a walk I have been commissioned to lead, I was reading about the trial of Mrs Pankhurst at the Old Bailey.

On 2nd April 1913, she was sentenced to three years penal servitude and sent to Holloway Prison where she promptly went on hunger strike.

She had been tried and convicted as an accessory before the fact to the act of damaging with explosives the country home, which was at the time not occupied, of Lloyd George. If you’ve seen the film, you’ll recall Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter carrying out the deed.

I was intrigued to read that her supporters filed out of the court singing the Women’s Marseillaise. A little digging discovered that, like the Salvation Army, the Women’s Social and Political Union put new lyrics to well known tunes.

Well I never.

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2 thoughts on “Suffragette

  1. Ha! I had NO idea about the difference in the age to vote. How long was that done? I wonder if the US and other countries that followed suite also had similar provisions. I clearly do not know my suffragette history. Must research! Thank you for the post.

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