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Emily Davison:
Born on the 11th October 1872, Born in London, She studied at Royal Holloway College,
Davison was a militant suffragette who died after throwing herself in front of the king's
horse at the Epsom Derby, In 1906 she joined the Women's Social and Political Union
founded by Emmeline Pankhurst, She was frequently arrested for acts ranging from causing
a public disturbance to burning post boxes and spent a number of short periods in jail, In
1909, she was sentenced to a month's hard labour in Strangeways Prison in Manchester
after throwing rocks at the carriage of chancellor David Lloyd George.
Millicent Fawcett:
June 11th 1847, Born in Suffolk, British reformer, feminist, suffragist. In the British campaign
for woman suffrage, Millicent Garrett Fawcett was known for her "constitutional" approach:
a more peaceful, rational strategy, became president of the National Union of Women's
Suffrage Societies, Passed away 5th August 1929.
In 1866, a group of women organised a petition that demanded that women should have
the same political rights as men. The women took their petition to Henry Fawcett and John
Stuart Mill, two MPs who supported universal suffrage. Mill added an amendment to the
Reform Act that would give women the same political rights as men. The amendment was
defeated by 196 votes to 73, In the wake of this defeat the London Society for Women's
Suffrage was formed. Similar Women's Suffrage groups were formed all over Britain. In 1887,
seventeen of these individual groups joined together to form the National Union of
Women's Suffrage Societies, The organisation tried to raise its profile peacefully with
posters, leaflets, calendars and public meetings.
The Suffragettes wanted the right for women to vote, In fact, the Suffragettes started off
relatively peacefully. It was only in 1905 that the organisation created a stir when Christabel
Pankhurst and Annie Kenney interrupted a political meeting in Manchester to ask two Liberal
politicians (Winston Churchill and Sir Edward Grey) if they believed women should have the
right to vote. Neither man replied. As a result, the two women got out a banner which had
on it "Votes for Women" and shouted at the two politicians to answer their questions. Such
actions were all but unheard of then when public speakers were usually heard in silence and
listened to courteously even if you did not agree with them. Pankhurst and Kenney were
thrown out of the meeting and arrested for causing an obstruction and a technical assault
on a police officer.

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Cat and Mouse Act:
In 1913 the Women's Social & Political Union increased its campaign to destroy public and
private property. The women responsible were often caught and once in prison they went on
hunger-strike. Determined to avoid these women becoming martyrs, the government
introduced the Prisoner's Temporary Discharge of Ill Health Act. Suffragettes were now
allowed to go on hunger strike but as soon as they became ill they were released.…read more


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