Women’s History Mondays: The Life of a Suffragette

What was it like, Gentle Reader, for a Sister Suffragette?

The Lancashire Lass

It was not an easy life.  Here, an image of a Suffragette who is being led away to prison for protesting for her right to vote.  As she is working class–being a Lancashire lass, she is a mill girl, as her clogs and shawl attest–she has few rights at all, and she cannot, by law, vote to make her life better.

Women fought hard, and long, for the right to vote.  Many were imprisoned, many chose to go through the hunger strike until they were forcibly fed through a tub inserted through their nose, down their throat, and into their stomach as a mixture of raw egg and gruel was funneled into them.  In the case of Emily Davison, some even died for the Cause.

But not all were militant.  An examination of the Votes for Women and other such Suffrage magazines and papers reveal a wealth of ephemera of classified ads, advertising to take on one child, two children for the day, three if they were a bit older.  Some women offered others a place to stay, or train tickets so they could get to the protest in their stead.

There are many kinds of activism, Gentle Reader.  Let us never forget such.

We must remember the path so many took before us, and we must continue to speak for those who are denied their voice.  It is our responsibility, our duty, as Suffragettes.

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