A portrait of Christabel Pankhurst, by Ethel Wright.

How the Suffragettes used fashion to further the cause

A portrait of Christabel Pankhurst, by Ethel Wright.

Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragette leader.  By unknown photographer  Bromide print, mid 1900s

Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragette leader. By unknown photographer Bromide print, mid 1900s

Christabel Pankhurst: 1880-1958; Christabel (daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst) advocated the use of militant tactics to win the vote for women in England.  Pankhurst, with Annie Kenney, unfurled a banner reading "Votes for Women" at a Liberal Party meeting in 1905.  Her action received world-wide attention after they were thrown out of the meeting.  The two were arrested and sent to prison.  Christabel then directed a campaign that included physical action, hunger strikes, and huge rallies.

Christabel Pankhurst: 1880-1958; Christabel (daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst) advocated the use of militant tactics to win the vote for women in England. Pankhurst, with Annie Kenney, unfurled a banner reading "Votes for Women" at a Liberal Party meeting in 1905. Her action received world-wide attention after they were thrown out of the meeting. The two were arrested and sent to prison. Christabel then directed a campaign that included physical action, hunger strikes, and huge rallies.

Annie Kenney, (1879 - 1953) Suffragette who spent three days in prison for daring to ask Churchill and Sir Edward Grey if they believed women should have the right to vote. Neither man replied.

Annie Kenney, (1879 - 1953) Suffragette who spent three days in prison for daring to ask Churchill and Sir Edward Grey if they believed women should have the right to vote. Neither man replied.

A recording of Christabel Pankhurst's Suffragette speech a few hours after her release from Holloway prison in 1908. Full women's voting rights were granted in 1928.

A recording of Christabel Pankhurst's Suffragette speech a few hours after her release from Holloway prison in 1908. Full women's voting rights were granted in 1928.

Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel in prison dress, 1914. My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst. London: Virago Ltd., 1979. Originally printed 1914 by Hearst's International Library Co. USA. ISBN 0-86068-057-6

Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel in prison dress, 1914. My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst. London: Virago Ltd., 1979. Originally printed 1914 by Hearst's International Library Co. USA. ISBN 0-86068-057-6

Christabel Pankhurst at Trafalgar Square, 1908.

Nine inspiring lessons the suffragettes can teach feminists today

Emmeline Pankhurst, the English suffragette celebrating with Christabel Pankhurst and others after b

Nine inspiring lessons the suffragettes can teach feminists today

Emmeline Pankhurst, the English suffragette celebrating with Christabel Pankhurst and others after b

Fashion, feminism and politics has always been heated territory, and the suffragettes knew this..they chose resistance through reversal. They sought to effect change not by challenging contemporary fashion and ideals of femininity, but by conforming to them. Haunted by the stereotypical image of the “strong-minded woman” in masculine clothes, pebble-thick glasses and galoshes created by cartoonists, they chose instead to present a fashionable, feminine image.

How the Suffragettes used fashion to further the cause

Fashion, feminism and politics has always been heated territory, and the suffragettes knew this..they chose resistance through reversal. They sought to effect change not by challenging contemporary fashion and ideals of femininity, but by conforming to them. Haunted by the stereotypical image of the “strong-minded woman” in masculine clothes, pebble-thick glasses and galoshes created by cartoonists, they chose instead to present a fashionable, feminine image.

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