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Suffragettes 2013

               Suffragettes - Their long road to personal freedom 1870's - 1930's

June 2013 marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) who was a militant activist who fought for women's suffrage in Britain. She was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times.  She is best known for stepping in front of King George V's horse at the Epsom Derby on June 4 1913, sustaining injuries that resulted in her death four days later. Emily Davison's funeral was on 14 June 1913 and she was buried the next day in the church yard that was near Longhorsley.  Some have claimed that she was trying to disturb the Derby in order to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide.

Recent analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the kings horse's bridle. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that the position of Davison before she stepped out on to the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out recklessly to kill herself.
Emily Davison
She was the only one to lose her life for the Suffragette movement.
Ms Davison was a champion swimmer with a first-class degree from Oxford (unawarded because she was a woman)

her London Funeral
The establishment of the time ridiculed her as a maniac attacking a horse un-related to the terrible experiences the suffragettes were undergoing. Her death exposed the abuses that were happening behind closed doors – the force feeding of hunger-striking suffragettes in prison.

See Timeline of Suffragette events link

In hindsight, a stronger force in that of the First World War was to interevene just one year later which would hurl women into the workforce while men went off to the Great War. Milliions would not return and family and society would change forever. However womens sufferrage would continue on through the Depression and into the thirties, only achieving the vote in 1932.
In the following pages we will examine the Scottish effect and the men and women who made a difference.

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