WOMAN SOCIAL RIGHTS CRUSADER
Emmeline Pankhurst was a British women’s rights activist who founded the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903.
Her organization fought for women’s suffrage or the right for women to vote- in England for the next 25 years, sometimes using militant tactics like arson.
Pankhurst herself was jailed several times, and participated in hunger strikes while in prison. There were many people who disagreed with her methods, but no one can deny that they were effective.
British women were granted equal rights in 1928, a few weeks before she died. In 1999, Time magazine named Pankhurst as one of the ‘100 most important people of the 20th century’.
Emmeline Pankhurst “Freedom or Death” speech, considered her most famous, happened on a fund-raising tour of the United States, in 1913.
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