Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928). Portrait of Mrs. Pankhurst taken in Boston in October 1910. Emmeline Pankhurst was the Honorary secretary of the WSPU and later Honorary treasurer. Born in Manchester from a radical political background, Emmeline married Dr. Richard Pankhurst, the 'red doctor' a radical feminist barrister. Their daughters were also involved in the WSPU. By 1913, Emmeline had served three prison sentences, two for leading a deputation to Parliament, and for inciting the…
Emmeline Pankhurst, c.1908 - a leading British women's rights activist, who led the movement to win the right for women to vote. In 1879, she married Richard Pankhurst, a lawyer and supporter of the women's suffrage movement. He was the author of the Married Women's Property Acts of 1870 and 1882, which allowed women to keep earnings or property acquired before and after marriage. His death in 1898 was a great shock to Emmeline. - Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 - 1928)
Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester, England on July 14, 1858. In 1879, she married a lawyer, Richard Marsden Pankhurst, who had created the first women's suffrage bill in England and the Married Women's Property Acts. In 1889, Emmeline created the Women's Franchise League which, in 1894, gave married women the right to vote not in the House of Commons, but in local office elections. Then, in 1903, she established WSPU, the Women's Social and Political Union.
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Born in Manchester in 1882, Sylvia was the second daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Women's Social & Political Union; the movement known as the Suffragettes which campaigned to get women the vote. Sylvia's father was the barrister and legal reformer Dr Richard Pankhurst, and regular visitors to her childhood home included the designer and socialist William Morris and the founder of the Labour Party, Keir Hardie.