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Pictured L-R: a police matron, Hettie, Winnie Mason and Alice Wheeldon in custody

Pictured L-R: a police matron, Hettie, Winnie Mason and Alice Wheeldon in custody

On this day, 6 March 1917, the trial of socialist, suffragette and anti-war activist Alice Wheeldon, along with two of her daughters and her son-in-law, began in London at the Old Bailey. She and her family had been framed by…

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These incredible women were left out of the blue plaque scheme. It’s time to commemorate them

Portrait of Ethel Smyth, 1901, John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Ethel Smyth (1858 – 1944), 1901, John Singer Sargent

Role-models matter as much as they ever did but women are also significantly under-represented in our history books. Their absence has taken its toll: a 2016 survey carried out by English Heritage revealed that 40 percent of us believe men have had a greater impact on history than women. It’s a misconception, of course. Women have always excelled, we just haven’t easily been able to read their stories because the omission has…

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Sophia Duleep Singh: The Indian princess and ‘rockstar’ suffragette forgotten by history

Sophia Duleep Singh was given many labels throughout her life. The Indian princess was a nineteenth century ‘It girl’, a treasured god-daughter to Queen Victoria, a radical royal, a militant suffragette and a pivotal figure in the suffrage movement.

Yet her fascinating life remained largely untold until BBC broadcaster Anita Anand spotted her…

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Vida Goldstein | Historical Ragbag

I recently saw the movie Suffragette and while I did enjoy it and applaud the important story it is telling I couldn’t help but think that I wanted to write about some of the non-violent members of the women’s suffrage movement. This idea crystallised when I talked to a few people and realised that even the leaders in Australia’s women’s suffrage movement remain largely unknown. As I began to look I found that Suffragettes had prompted many others to write about the people involved with the women’s suffrage movement, which is one of the best outcomes the movie could possibly have had.

An example is the Guardian article below about the fascinating Adela Pankhurst. She was one of the daughters of the celebrated Emmeline Pankhurst, who is played my Meryl Streep in the movie.


I decided that I wanted to write about someone I knew a little about already and as I’d done some work on Vida Goldstein at high school, and too many people still haven’t heard of her, I thought she’d be a good place to start. I was intending to write…

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The History Girls: “Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary” by Anita Anand.

Anita Anand’s “Sophia” tells the story of the youngest Princess of the royal ruling family of the Punjab. Yet this biography opens, not in India, but at a suffragette meeting in Caxton Hall, Westminster, on Friday 18th November 1910.

On the platform in the crowded hall sit the leading suffragettes: Emmeline Pankhurst, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Christabel Pankhurst and more. At the back of the stage was a small, dark-skinned figure dressed in Parisian couture. That small, fierce face belonged to Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, activist and suffragette.

Who was Sophia, and what was a young Indian woman doing there anyway?

The meeting ended with a march to the gates of Westminster, the mother of Parliaments. All that the women wanted was the right to vote but many thought that an irrational demand. The marchers – Sophia among them – were brutally attacked, groped and beaten by uniformed and undercover police as well as crowds of jeering onlookers. Sophia, witnessing a vicious beating, took down the constable’s number and wrote so many letters of complaint that Winston Churchill refused to reply any more. That was his only way of stopping the Princess. Sophia, the admirable subject of this book, was never one to step back when someone needed her help.

“Sophia” is a book that covers a span of history as much as it covers a single life. Born in 1876, Sophia had Queen Victoria as a godparent. By the time of Sophia’s…

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