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Flora Drummond: The Suffragette General

There’s a new addition the Wheelwomen pages, Flora Drummond. Check out her entry by clicking thr link above to find out more about how, as a member of the WSPU organising body, Flora contributed to the WSPU cause in England and Scotland. … Continue reading

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Rosa May Billinghurst

Rosa May Billinghurst: Suffragette on Three Wheels Rosa May Billinghurst (1873-1953) was born and raised in Lewisham, London. As a child, she contracted an illness which left her paralyzed from the waist down. Her condition did not, however, deter her … Continue reading

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Suffragettes on Wheels: Emily Wilding Davison centennial bike ride and lecture

On June 15th, 100 women on bicycles decked out in suffragette swag will take to the curvy tree lined lanes between Longhorsley and Morpeth, Northumberland. Some will be in Edwardian garb, others in elegant hats, and many will be flying … 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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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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Suffragette Rosa May Billinghurst Detained by Police, c. 1910s

Rosa May Billinghurst (1873-1953) was born and raised in Lewisham. As a child, she was stricken with an illness causing paralysis from which she never fully recovered. Her condition did not, however, deter her from joining the WSPU in 1907 … 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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