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Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880-1958), Militant suffragette; daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst
Sitter in 15 portraits
A leading Suffragette, Christabel Pankhurst was the driving force behind the Women's Social and Political Union, which was founded by her mother, Emmeline, in 1903 in order to lobby for female suffrage. Originally trained as a lawyer at Manchester University, but, as a woman, unable to practice as a barrister, Pankhurst used her legal knowledge to highlight inequality in speeches and pamphlets. The WSPU became increasingly militant, largely under Christabel's bold influence, and from 1905 she orchestrated a campaign of civil disobedience that escalated to include arson and bombing.