A majority of the women languished in less influential positions in the society, however. This paper focuses on the role suffragists played to catapult women into influential positions of socio-economic prosperity and influence.
Women had been historically denied the suffrage rights, and many women believed that their less active role in the society was the source of the economic challenges. This perception led the suffragettes to team up. The group believed that by actively taking part in strong and consistent campaigns for voting rights, their efforts would really pay-off. The Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU) was set up in Manchester in 1903 by a small number of women under the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst. The opening of their office in London three years later, symbolized the growth of the group in terms of following and influence. Pankhurst’s daughters Sylvia and Christabel were among the WSPU membership.
The WSPU led by Emmeline Pankhurst soon embarked on safeguarding the ideals of a movement aimed at securing the suffrage rights for women in order to enhance their participation in the democratic process as men. They used any violent means to achieve their objectives, including smash window panes, throwing pebbles, lighting born-fires, and carrying out other acts of sabotage such as cutting communication lines.
Emmeline Pankhurst was the face of women in WSPU. She was at the centre of this campaign, and together with her two daughters, they made numerous sacrifices for women. As a result she cut a niche among the early twentieth century English suffragists. Pankhurst’s significant contribution undeniably brought about the much needed change to England: this is the main reason why this paper critically explores her suffragist role in the modern English society.
The first primary documentary is Bartley’s book titled “Emmeline Pankhurst: Historical Biographies.” The volume is an imperative