member of the Woman's Social and Political Union who advocated for women's right to vote

A suffragette was a woman in the early 20th century who believed they should have the right to vote (suffrage). This movement happened in the United Kingdom and United States.

Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst used violent tactics in Britain as members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU)

For many years women were not allowed to vote, and so they fought for their rights. In their protests, they ended up getting arrested. In 1913 Emily Davison died for the cause. In the UK, women over 30 got the right to vote in 1918. This was lowered to 21 in 1928.[1] Similar struggles went on in all the English-speaking countries.


  1. Myers, Rebecca (27 May 2013). "General History of Women's Suffrage in Britain". Independent Digital News and Media Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2016.