The WSPU's position by 1914

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  • The WSPU's position by 1914
    • The WSPU had immense success and popularity, but it was in a precarious position
    • Emmeline and Christabel provided women with inspirational characters and moulded the WSPU into an effective political force
    • After 1912, Christabel's power diminished when she fled to France to avoid imprisonment
    • Emmeline's constant imprisonments, hunger strikes and force-feedings ruined her health and weakened her
    • The WSPU's leadership was autocratic and inflexible
    • Emmeline and Christabel lacked ideas on how to influence the government when it was seriously considering extending the franchise to women between 1909 and 1914

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