Emmeline Pankhurst

EMMELINE PANKHURST was born in 1858 in Manchester, into a politically active family. She became interested in politics at a young age and a supporter of women's suffrage by the age of fourteen. As a teenager she attended school in Paris and on her return to Manchester she met and married Richard Pankhurst, a barrister twenty-four years her senior. Over the next ten years they had five children. Emmeline's interest in politics and involvement in the suffrage movement continued to develop and she was as a member of the Women's Franchise League and later the Independent Labour Party. In 1903, frustrated by the lack of progress on securing votes for women, Pankhurst and several colleagues founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a militant organisation devoted to securing votes for women by direct action. For the following twenty years, members of the WSPU, led by Pankhurst, endured prison and discrimination in their struggle to win the right to vote. Their activities were called to a halt by the start of the First World War but in 1918, the government gave voting rights to women over thirty. Emmeline died on June 14, 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men.

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Author: Emmeline Pankhurst | Narrator: Susan Duerden
Release Date: September 08, 2015
The gripping memoir of the leader of the British suffragette movement who was named by Time as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th CenturyWith insight and great wit, Emmeline’s autobiography chronicles the beginnings...
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