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The Suffragettes - Votes for Women - by Louise Deakin


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A talk by local historian Louise Deakin on the Suffragettes, given after the Cycle South Brum #ThisBrumGirlCan bike ride

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The Suffragettes - Votes for Women - by Louise Deakin

  1. 1. The Suffragettes
  2. 2. Emmeline Pankhurst ‘I stand upon my rights, as a subject of the King, to petition the Prime Minister, and I amfirmly resolved to stand here until
  3. 3. Emily Davison EpsomDerby in 1913. Davison died in hospital fourdays afterbeing knocked down by George V’s horse, Anmer, at Tattenham Corner. It is a common theory that rather than seeking martyrdom, she had merely attempted to tie the Suffragette’s colours to the horse.
  4. 4. ‘Deeds not words’ • Beaten by the police. • Force fed with the insertion of a tube during hunger strikes in prison. • ‘Bodyguards’ were necessary to protect Suffragettes such as Pankhurst from
  5. 5. Birmingham Women’s Suffrage Society “The legal subordination of one sex to another is wrong itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement”. ‘TheSubjection of Women’,
  6. 6. Attacks and Arson
  7. 7. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery “...I attackthis workof art deliberately as a protest against the government’s criminal injustice in denying women the vote, and also against the government’s injustice in imprisoning, forcibly feeding, and drugging suffragist militants...”
  8. 8. Birmingham Suffragettes Dr. Mary Sturge Catherine Osler
  9. 9. Birmingham Suffragettes Elizabeth Cadbury Rhoda
  10. 10. Julia Varley Worked in a mill fromthe age of 12. Invited by George Cadbury to workforhimin Bournville. In 1909 Varley moved to Birminghamand established a branch of the National Federation of Women Workers. involved in the Cradley Heath women chainmakers’ strike of 1910 and the Black
  11. 11. Lasting Legacy In February 1907 Varley was involved in a raid on the floorof the House of Commons. Refusing to pay a fine fordisturbance and obstruction, she was sentenced to 14 days in prison. Recruited to the Workers’ Union in 1912. 1931 Officerof the Order of the British Empire. 
  12. 12. “I have worked and lived forthe bottomdog and I thinkhe orshe has benefited a tiny bit from what I have done. I don’t regret a single thing that has happened. Above all, God has enabled me to live to see the fruits of my labour– a joy denied to most reformists.” - Julia Varley
  13. 13. In 1928 all women were given the vote on the same terms as men.