I want to start this post off by saying, fact number 20?! Wowie! :D. i am dead happy that I have continued to do these posts, they’re by far one of my favourite posts to write and, I can look back in my “historical” section and just read them one after another. So, if you’ve missed the previous 19, click the link here CLICK ME!.
But, lets now start the post! On this day, 114 years ago, Mrs Emmeline Parkhurst founded “The Women’s Social and Political Union” in her home in Manchester.
- A little information on Emmeline;
Emmeline, who’s maiden name was Goulden, was born on 14th July 1858 in Manchester. She was born into a family who had their own traditions of radical politics, hence where Emmeline got her enthusiasm for politics in the first place. In 1879, she married Richard Pankhurst, he a lawyer, but also a supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. Just like his wife Richard shared a huge passion for the womens suffrage movement and became the author of the “Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 and 1882″ this book informed and allowed women to keep earnings or property acquired before and after their marriage. However, Richard passed away in 1898, this was a great upset and shock for Emmeline.
Like mentioned above, in October 1903 she helped found the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). This was an organisation whose members were first to be christened as the ‘suffragettes’. As many suffragettes were, Emmeline was arrested on numerous occasions over the next few years and went on hunger strike herself. Her hunger striking led to violent force-feeding, which unfortunately was the case for many suffragettes. After her many campaigns and fighting for women’s rights Emmeline died on 14th June 1928 and shortly after women were then granted equal voting rights with men.
With love, Charlotte x