Emmeline Pankhurst is probably the most famous British suffragette. She founded the Women’s Social and Political Union – this was a really militant group, who smashed windows, went on hunger strikes and one of their members was killed when she threw herself under a horse at the races as a protest. They were all about “deeds, not words”. Right on.
Why should we thank her?
Women all over the world (but particularly in the UK) really owe their right to vote to Pankhurst and her supporters.
“I would rather be a rebel than a slave”.
Pankhurst was played by the immortal Meryl Streep in the movie, Suffragette.