Advertisement in The Suffragette

Advertisement in The Suffragette newspaper publicising a 'Great Women's Meeting' in London on 16 July 1914, 10 July 1914.

Before the outbreak of war in August 1914, the militant actions of the Women's Social and Political Union (better known as the Suffragettes) were a major headache for the Asquith government. In this advertisement, the reference to raising funds 'as a protest against torture' relates to the force-feeding of Suffragette prisoners who went on hunger strikes. The main speaker at the meeting that it advertises was to be Emmeline Pankhurst, the founder of the WSPU. When war broke out, she called a halt to the WSPU's radical campaign for women's rights and strongly supported the British war effort.
Catalogue reference: HO 144/1254/234646 Part 4 (10 Jul 1914)

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