How Emmeline Pankhurst Was A Soldier And A Convict Who Helped Women Win The Right Of Vote

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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 goal to speed up the enfranchisement of women willing to risk her life if necessary and become the most famous woman in Britain.
For instance, women and men were forbidden to ask questions about the vote for women at political meetings. If one dared to ask in a political meeting, they were thrown out and even arrested. In the early 20th century, when women started to claim their right to vote, they were taking peaceful actions. Women would hold public rallies with brass bands and choirs, spoke from soapboxes at county fairs, wrote letters to newspapers, signed petitions, and interrupted political meetings with questions about votes for women. When women realized these peaceful actions were not working, they proceed with holding marches…

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