Emmeline Pankhurst Militant Suffragist Speech

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Emmeline Pankhurst was a soldier and a convict who helped women win the right to vote. She was a British political activist, born in 1858 in Manchester, England and died in 1928. She headed a militant women’s suffrage movement in England ten years before she died where women over thirty gained the right to vote. Also, she fought for women’s right to vote in America, women gained the same voting rights as men in 1920 with the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Pankhurst already acquainted with the leading radicals, socialists, and suffragist in Britain, France, and the United States, established the British Women’s Social and the Political Union in 1903. As women still could not vote or run for most public offices, Pankhurst made it her …show more content…
In Emmeline Pankhurst “Militant Suffragist” speech that was held at Hartford, Connecticut November 13, 1913, discusses how women were pictured as being the criminals, and not a victim of this unjust act of not having the right to vote. Pankhurst’s speech speaks about how being a suffragist was considered as being a convict. Also, how suffragist and anti-suffragist men said you can govern people without their consent. Women demonstrated that government doesn’t rest upon force, it rests upon consent. Women withhold their consent because they refused to be governed by an unjust government. Pankhurst in her speech said “not by the forces of civil war can you govern the very weakest woman. You can kill that woman, but she escapes you then; you cannot govern her. And that is, I think, a most valuable demonstration we have been making to the world”. Pankhurst 's point is that you can govern women and order them around without their …show more content…
Pankhurst uses a brilliant technique of using visualization to make men see the issue from their perspective. She states “I ask American men in this meeting, what would you say if in your State you were faced with that alternative, that you must either kill them or give them their citizenship, women, many of whom you know have lived useful lives, women whom you know”. By creating this illusion of men put in a position of choosing between killing a woman they are connected some way or give them the right to vote. Men find themselves having the only option of killing as the only solution since the government won’t give women the right to vote. Presenting this vision and putting men in an uncomfortable position was very impressive of Pankhurst. The flow of the speech was well developed, she started by saying her intentions, then stating the problem and leaving them with a vision that will make them think about the

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