101 Things You Need to Know About Suffragettes by Maggie AndrewsSuffragettes learned jiu-jitsu, repelled policemen with their hatpins, burnt down football stadiums and planted bombs. They rented a house near to Holloway Prison and sang rebel anthems to the Suffragettes inside. They barricaded themselves into their homes to repulse tax collectors. They arranged mass runs on Parliament. They had themselves posted to the Prime Minister, getting as far as the door of No. 10. Indomitable older members applied for gun licences to scare the government into thinking they were planning a revolution.Rebels. Warriors. Princesses. Prisoners. Pioneers. Here are 101 of the most extraordinary facts about Suffragettes that you need to know.
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Starring Carey Mulligan, Romala Garai and Anne-Marie Duff, rather than focus on the leaders of the movement such as Pankhurst played by a rousing Meryl Streep , Suffragette concentrates its attention on the working-class women who sacrificed so much, including lives with their children, for the cause. Adopting the motto 'Deeds Not Words', the WSPU used protests and more violent tactics, including arson attacks to demand that women were given the vote. To protect themselves in violent protests, the Suffragettes were trained in Jiu Jitsu. The idea behind the training was that appointed bodyguards would surround leaders like Pankhurst and defend them against the police. Suffragette Edith Garrud led the teaching and a cartoon image of Edith in a Punch issue shows the Jiu Jitsu expert singlehandedly fighting six policemen. Marion Wallace-Dunlop was the first suffragette to go on hunger strike in , she was protesting for not being given political prisoner status in prison. Not all women supported women getting the vote.
2. A mother and her daughters led the way
With the backing of railroad tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Victoria Woodhull and her sister would open a stock brokerage firm, using their Wall Street profits to bankroll a controversial publication that supported causes such as legalized prostitution and free love. Victoria would argue on behalf of the suffrage movement before the House Judiciary Committee in early , garnering her a nomination for US President in However, her detractors would have their way with her throwing her in jail on Election Day for adultery. She was later acquitted of all charges. Instead they were seen as spinsters, masculine, plain, and bitter. Their presence, alone, was considered an influence that would ultimately feminize men.