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The launch of RMS Mauretania

20 September 1906

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The Pankhursts: Leaders of the suffragette movement

More than any other name, Pankhurst is associated with the struggle for women’s right to vote. The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), the leading militant organisation campaigning for Women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom, was founded at the Pankhurst family home in Manchester on 10 October 1903 by six women, including Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel, who soon emerged as the group’s leaders. Sylvia and Adela, Christabel’s sisters, were also committed members of the women-only group initially, but this later gave way to family rifts and discord. Here we take a closer look at these two generations of Pankhurst women...

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“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”

Emmeline Pankhurst

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