Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

(1858-1928) In 1903, British activist Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Women's Social and Political Union, which used militant tactics to agitate for women's suffrage. “Women are very slow to rouse,” she said, “but once they are aroused, once they are determined, nothing on earth and nothing in heaven will make women give way; it is impossible.” During her struggle for equal rights, Pankhurst and other suffragettes were imprisoned many times, and sadly she died shortly before Parliament gave in and granted women full voting rights on par with those of their male counterparts.

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