Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?

This is Emmeline Pankhurst.

She was born in Manchester in 1858, and fought hard for equal voting rights for women.

Find out more about her, below.

Key facts

  • Emmeline Pankhurst thought that women should have equal rights to men.
  • She started the Women’s Social and Political Union with her daughters. Members became known as 'suffragettes'.
  • Suffragettes believed in taking action so that people would listen to them. Many thought that they were criminals because of this.

Did you know?

  • Emmeline had ten brothers and sisters! She was the oldest girl.
  • Emmeline’s husband was also involved in the fight for women’s rights.
  • She often wore a disguise when she went out, to make it harder for the police to see and arrest her.