Unlike the suffragists, the suffragettes believed in militant action to secure the vote for women. Often this involved risking their own lives in the hope of a more equal future for all women.
Early calls for the vote for women came at the end of the 19th century with the suffragists however by the turn of the 20th century some women felt that more needed to be done. In 1903 Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Womens Social and Political Union (W.S.P.U), a group willing to fight more ruthlessly for the vote for women.
Despite their efforts women over the age of 30 were not given the vote until 1918, after the First World War, and women over 21 were not given the vote until 1928. You can learn more about their cause with our Topic Guide.
One of the most famous events of the Suffragette movement was the death of Emily Wilding Davison who threw herself in front of the Kings horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913. Emily died from her injuries a few days after the derby however this was not the first time she had risked her life for the Suffragette cause.
In this video Beverly Cook, Curator of Social and Working History at the Museum of London, talks us through the hunger-strikers banner currently on display at the museum.
The banner is embroidered with the signatures of 80 suffragette hunger-strikers including the famous Emily Wilding Davison. You can learn about some of the other women who's names appear on the banner in this video.
This is a short film about Suffragettes and the Suffrage movement with a focus on Emily Wilding Davison. It is a great introduction to the Suffragette movement and the political activism of the women involved.
You can find out more about the Suffragette movement in London on the Museum of London's website. They have digitised loads of their collection objects relating to the suffragette movement which can be found here.
These digitised objects are a great resource for planning lessons around the womens movement and the fight for the vote. Show Me has a handy guide for teachers on how to use online collections in your classroom.
The video play's from YouTube and is just under 4 minutes long.
- Unlike the suffragists, the suffragettes believed in militant action to secure the vote for women. Often this involved risking their own lives in the hope of a more equal future for all women.