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Emmeline Pankhurst Arrested at Buckingham Palace, 1914

The Baltimore News reports on Pankhurst's arrest as she tries to reach the king and militant actions by other suffragettes.

  • Type
  • Source
    The Baltimore News
  • Date
    June 1914
  • Section
    Front Page
  • Copyright
    Public domain

Emmeline Pankhurst was a figurehead of woman suffrage in Britain and the founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).  Frustrated by the lack of progress achieved through  peaceful political efforts, Pankhurst and her daughters, Sylvia and Christabel, promoted a militant approach to suffrage.

In 1913 and 1914, the suffragettes turned some of their efforts toward the king.  Emmeline led her fellow suffragettes in an attempt to deliver a petition to George V at Buckingham Palace in London.  After reaching the gates, Emmeline and 56 others were arrested and kept in Holloway Prison, where they undertook a weeklong hunger strike before their release.

The Baltimore News highlights in other articles in the far right column some of the violent tactics used by women to draw attention to their cause, including destroying art in a gallery, attacking newspaper editors and setting fires.

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