Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) was a leading campaigner for votes for women in Britain. Born in Manchester, she was active in politics from an early age at a time when British women could not vote in parliamentary elections. In 1903 she founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU, often known as the Suffragettes) which was more militant than other campaign groups. Pankhurst and her daughters, along with other suffragettes, were frequently imprisoned. Some women gained the vote in the UK after the First World War. In later life Pankhurst rejected the radicalism of her early years and became a Conservative.

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