Antique suffragette pendant from the Edwardian era of the early 1900’s
A brief history of the suffragette movement:
Suffragettes were members of womenâ€™s organisations that started in late 19th century who fought for the right for women to vote in elections. Taking firm root when in 1897 the National Union of Womenâ€™s Suffrage was founded by Millicent Fawcet who believed in peaceful protest and later in 1903 when Emmeline Pankhurst founded the BritishÂ Womenâ€™s Social and Political Union (WSPU), a women-only movement. This later association became more vocal in their protesting, with many women being arrested and going to prison, starting hunger strikes and even burning down churches.
The suffragette campaign was halted when World War I broke out in 1914 and Emmeline Pankhurst instructed the Suffragettes to stop their now often violent campaign and support the government and its war effort. After the war, the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications and then ten years later women gained electoral equality with men when the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 gave all women the vote at age 21.
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