Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 or 1857 -- 1928) was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote. In 1999 Time named Pankhurst as one of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, stating: "she shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back."
A pioneer in the campaign for women's rights, Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester, England on 15 July 1858 into a family with a tradition of radical politics. (Photo: Pankhurst being arrested after a suffragettes protest, circa 1910)
After selling her home, British activist Emmeline Pankhurst travelled constantly, giving speeches throughout Britain and the United States. One of her most famous speeches, Freedom or death, was delivered in Connecticut in 1913.
"Human life for us is sacred, but we say if any life is to be sacrificed it shall be ours; we won't do it ourselves, but we will put the enemy in the position where they will have to choose between giving us freedom or giving us death." I'm just beginning to learn more about Emmeline Pankhurst, I can't believe I had never heard of her until last year in one of my college classes.