The Pankhurst Family

Mother Emmeline (born July 14, 1858, died 1928) along with daughters Christabel and Sylvia formed the Women's Social and Political Union in 1903. The WSPU was perhaps the most militant of the suffragist organizations advocating "Deeds not Words". Demanding that English women be given the vote, they backed up their words by breaking windows, chaining themselves to the homes of important men, breaking up meetings, and refusing to be intimidated. Their actions were often met with violent response. In one instance, Christabel was kicked down stairs and forcibly ejected from the building because she dared ask Sir Edward Grey what the intentions of the government were about suffrage for women (he refused to answer). The Pankhurts were arrested and jailed many times. When imprisoned, they would go on hunger strikes, only to be brutally force-fed. In 1918, women over thirty who were householders or wives of householders were given the right to vote. In 1928, three months before Emmeline's death, English women were fully enfrachised.