“Women should have been seen but not heard, this needs to change!”
1912 was the year where the Suffragette Movement was at its peak. It caused attacks on property, constant disruption and prison hunger strikes by the women that were arrested for these acts in order to get their view across.
The Suffragette Movement consisted of upper and middle class women, educated women and women who had the money and time to support and devote themselves to the cause.
Mrs Pankhurst, who was the leader of the organisation, wanted women to have equal rights as men had. Mrs Pankhurst declared war on property and there were many dangerous campaigns which consisted of bombing, stone throwing, window breaking, chaining to railings which caused disruption. A brave women names Emily Wilding committed suicide by throwing herself under the King’s Horses. Due to her act of bravery and strength, thousands of women dressed in Suffragette colours and paraded down the streets of London. (March 1910)
Suffragists were arrested and imprisoned. As some of the women went on hunger strike within the prison grounds, they were force-fed. A man quoted:
“...there are no good women, but only women who have lived under the influence of good men...”
Many women during the time were treated without respect and many women were employed as sweated labour. Working women had fewer rights than men working in heavy industry.
“When a suffragette has been convicted, first have her well birched (by women), then shave off her hair, and finally deport her to New Zealand or Australia.”
The ‘Votes for Women’ campaign was created and ‘The Women’s Freedom League’. It began at approximately the beginning of the 20th century until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. When World War I broke out, the whole suffrage movement immediately scaled down and even stopped some of their activities in the face of a greater threat to the nation by their campaigning...