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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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Pank-a-Squith Board Game, c. 1909

Cycling was one of many forms of leisure integrated into the suffrage campaign. Games, toys and other novelties were produced by a number of organisations to promote the principles of the suffrage movement, announce events, and raise funds. Pank-a-Squith, the … Continue reading

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A Postcard from New Zealand: Cycling and suffrage c. 1910

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Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst Join the Clarion Cycling Club

The Clarion Cycling Club set a strong precedent for using the bicycle as a political campaign tool. The Pankhurst family were members of the Clarion Cycling Club and supported their political work. Christabel, in particular, showing great enthusiasm for cycling … Continue reading

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Suffragettes Versus Churchill

    At the height of the organised suffrage campaign, suffragettes, such as the women shown blockading Churchill’s car above, adapted their bicycle as a tool of political protest. This website explores how women have historically used their bicycles for leisure, … Continue reading

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