Rosa May Billinghurst: The disabled suffragette abused by police and force-fed in prison

rosamayRosa May Billinghurst endured much in her fight for women to get the vote, yet it is her experience of violent suffrage demonstrations as a disabled campaigner which remains her legacy.

Born in 1875, May Billinghurst was branded…

via Rosa May Billinghurst: The disabled suffragette abused by police and force-fed in prison – The i newspaper online iNews

7 thoughts on “Rosa May Billinghurst: The disabled suffragette abused by police and force-fed in prison

  1. Just re-read the i piece. It is factually incorrect when it says:-

    Billinghurst’s first arrest for militant campaigning came in 1911 for obstructing police at a demonstration in Parliament Square. But this arrest did not make it into the Home Office’s index of suffragettes arrested.

    As I said, she was arrested in November 1910 and her wheelchair ride to incarceration is noted in newspaper reports for all to read.

    Tsk, and shame on soi disants and wannabee journalists letting down the sisterhood.

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  2. I hope that there may have been nephews and nieces that themselves had children who might recognise that Great Aunt Rosa May was a hero (I am almost certain I cannot say heroine). She appears to have touched the historic record but lightly in her 78 years and so they may know much of all there is left to know of Ms Billinghurst. The “helpless cripple lady” who was wheeled to the Cannon St police station in her bath chair on November 22 1910 was among more than 100 women and three men arrested for hassling Prime Minister Asquith, throwing stones at 10 Downing St and depending on which version to believe, kicked on the shin or kneecapped Augustine Birrell MP on his way from the House to the Atheneum.
    That’s all I have…

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  3. Would have been more complete a celebration of the woman to find out more about Rosa May’s upbringing and her later life after the Vote. I see from the BMD that she was christened in Lewisham and her death is recorded in Middlesex South. She died single in 1953, aged 78 years, but there must be more.

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