Suffragettes | Women recall their struggle to win the vote
CHANNEL | Home Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 06 February 1953
DURATION | 13 minutes 6 seconds
In this account of her mother's life, Sylvia Pankhurst (pictured) remembers both Emmeline Pankhurst's strength of conviction and her great personal charm. Interspersed with recollections of her mother founding and leading the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and the great suffering she endured to achieve the goal of votes for women are more personal memories that reveal Emmeline's huge energy and love of fashion.
Sylvia Pankhurst was a lifelong political activist and campaigner. During the struggle for female suffrage she was arrested and imprisoned on numerous occasions and frequently subjected to force feeding. Unlike her mother and older sister Christabel, Sylvia was a committed socialist and saw the struggle for women's rights as part of a broader campaign for a socialist society. Her pacifism and opposition to World War I deepened the split with her mother and sister, who both threw themselves into the war effort.
Dame Ethel Smyth remembers a window breaking campaign.
Memories of an aerial leafleting campaign.
Risking arrest to campaign for the tax-paying woman's vote.
The achievements of the suffragette leader are recalled by her daughter.
A suffragette and a photographer remember an eventful court case.
A reunion with medals and memories.
A schoolgirl suffragette.
A smashing time in Pall Mall.
Lilian Lenton explains the 'Cat and Mouse' Act.
Memories of a militant suffragette.
Remembering when Emily Davison leapt under the King's horse.
Driving Mrs Pankhurst.
Two eminent peers share their experiences of the suffrage movement.
Two veterans of the suffragette movement talk about the early days of the campaign.
Mrs Pankhurst's chief organiser shares her story.
Joan Bakewell meets a veteran suffragette.
Views of a working-class suffragette.
The story of the last surviving suffragette.
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