Monthly Archives: March 2011

Pedalling Pilgrims: Cyclists and the 1913 NUWSS Pilgrimage

  At the height of the Edwardian suffrage movement, a number of organisations held mass marches and pilgrimages to publicise the “Votes for Women” campaign.  The postcard above shows a group of participants on the 1913 NUWSS Pilgrimage. These pilgrims … Continue reading

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Police Sting on Lillian Ida Lenton’s Bicycle, 1913

Militant suffragette Lilian Ida Lenton, AKA Ida Inkley, is labelled “12” in the Criminal Record Office surveillance photo above. Lenton (1891-1972) was a dancer who joined the WSPU at age 21. She was introduced to militant action as part of … Continue reading

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Is your wife a suffragette or scorcher?

The emasculated husband was a popular subject for picture postcards protesting the consequences of new womanly and suffragette ways. The postcard shown above dates to the Edwardian suffrage campaign. The maker’s inscription on its reverse reads Eustace Watkins. The back of the … Continue reading

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Suffragettes Threaten Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, 1913

Suffragettes and suffragists targeted sports institutions as part of publicity campaigns and militant action, particularly from 1911-13. Golf courses, race tracks, and cricket pavilions were preferred sites for militant actions, but all sporting events were considered to be at risk … Continue reading

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