Emmeline Pankhurst was arrested in 1914 as she tried to present a petition to George V outside Buckingham Palace.
In fact, she was arrested several times and imprisoned. Did this deter her? For this passionate woman who believed in equality, the answer was unequivocally, NO!
Witnessing the oppressive position of women in society, Emmeline Pankhurst focused on how women could get equal rights and particularly, the right to vote.
As one of the most important of campaigners for women’s civil liberties, she actually lost her own on many occasions, being arrested for leading marches and protests. In the history of Britain, Emmeline Pankhurst’s name stands out as a champion, as she led the way in fighting for the rights that modern women now have.
She co-founded The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and her contributions as a women’s rights activist today, form the focus of study for many courses in politics and women studies.
- Emmeline died on June 14, 1928. Her amazing story must be remembered and shared. We forget just how courageous these women were and what they achieved for all of us – please highlight Emmeline’s life story with students and others. Through her Bioview®, students can hear Emmeline tell her own story.
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