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Suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst in prison, ca. 1911.

Emmeline Pankhurst, early leader of the British suffragette movement, knits a sock in prison.take heart, for mrs pankhurst has been clamped in irons again!

~arrested suffragettes~   It still stumps me when some women today don't bother to vote, when in fact the women before us had struggled to make sure we not only had a voice, but to also make sure we had rights!

~arrested suffragettes~ It still stumps me when some women today don't bother to vote, when in fact the women before us had struggled to make sure we not only had a voice, but to also make sure we had rights!

British prison garb is marked all over with a three-stroke arrow to denote a prisoner. The Broad Arrow became a badge of honor worn by suffragists who'd endured imprisonment. Here, the Pankhursts lead a group of WSPU marchers, each bearing a Broad Arrow on her parade staff.

In 1910 the WSPU organised the largest demonstration up to that time in support of the Conciliation Bill. The women held silver broad arrows, a shape also used for pin badges that represented the women who had been imprisoned for the cause.

A Suffragette being force fed. Don't forget what women went through for your right to vote. Don't dishonor them when you exercise it!

A Suffragette being force fed. Don't forget how hard women fought to gain your right to vote.

November 1917 Lucy Burns, who with Alice Paul established the first permanent headquarters for suffrage work in Washington, D.C., helped organize the suffrage parade of March 3, 1913, and was one of the editors of The Suffragist. Leader of most of the picket demonstrations, she served more time in jail than any other suffragist in America. IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Imprisoned suffragettes endured force-feeding and torture

Night of Terror: Lucy Burns hands were chained to the cell bars above her head and left hanging! All through the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

Forcibly Fed: The Story of My Four Weeks in Holloway Gaol by E. Sylvia Pankhurst as published in McClure's Magazine August 1913, pp 87-93.   This excerpt, with link to full text, is from slate.com posted by Rebecca Onion on 17 Jul 2013

A Suffragette Describes What It Felt Like to Be Force-Fed

A suffragist (possibly Emmeline Pankhurst) on a hunger strike, being forcibly fed with a nasal tube at HM Prison Holloway, Islington, London, ca. She did this for the RIGHT TO VOTE.

Emmeline Pankhurst, the English suffragette celebrating with Christabel Pankhurst and others after b

Nine inspiring lessons the suffragettes can teach feminists today

English suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst (center) and her daughter Christabel Harriette (third from left) are cheered by supporters after their release from prison in 1908

vintage everyday: Suffragettes vs. Police: Vintage Photos of Women's Suffrage Movements, ca. 1910s

Stock Photo - Suffragette arrested by police during a protest for women's suffrage (voting) circa

Surveillance photograph of two suffragette prisoners and a prison warden Date: 1913-1914  The Home Office commissioned the undercover photography of militant suffragettes from 1913. This surveillance photo was taken of two suffragette prisoners as they exercised with a warder in the yard of Holloway Gaol

Surveillance photograph of two suffragette prisoners and a prison warden - photograph

1st Wave Feminism: Suffragettes on the march---Vote, Ladies!

Wave Feminism: Suffragettes on the march---Vote, Ladies! But if you choose not to, that's okay too, because really that fight was for the RIGHT to vote, not to MAKE you vote.

The suffragette Lilian Hickling just released from Holloway prison having…

The suffragette Lilian Hickling just released from Holloway prison having endured hunger strike.

Hunger strike medal given to Florence Haig (1912)

Hunger strike medal given to suffragette Florence Haig after her release from prison Each bar marks a period of forced feeding.