Suffragette arson

Title

Suffragette arson

Description

When non-violent protest has failed, destroying property gets the attention of the ruling class.

Suffragette thread.

In the UK, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters founded the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903.

WSPU was a breakaway from the staid National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, whose signature-gathering and leafleting weren’t working.

WSPU’s campaign escalated from chalking sidewalks to breaking windows to arson. The Daily Mail, a conservative paper, dubbed them “suffragettes” - it was a term of derision. @fernriddell explains that it connoted “saboteur.” Here is some of their work from the spring of 1913 👉

Saunderton Railway Station, March 9th, 1913.

Kew Garden Tea Pavilion

The Nevill Pavilion, Turnbridge Wells, 11 April 1913

Roughwood, a large country house in Chorleywood, April 1913

Among the artifacts suffragists left behind included a banner: "There will be no peace until women get the vote" #deedsnotwords #CenturyofStruggle #NoJusticeNoPeace 

Creator

Daily Suffragist

Date

29/05/2020

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Citation

Daily Suffragist, “Suffragette arson,” Daily Suffragist, accessed March 9, 2021, https://dailysuffragist.omeka.net/items/show/397.

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