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Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

(1867-1954), Suffragette; treasurer of the Women's Social and Politicial Union

Sitter in 7 portraits
Emmeline and her husband Frederick, were ardent socialists and supporters of the suffrage movement. As 1900 approached, Emmeline co- founded the Espérance Club, providing holiday accommodation and a dressmaking cooperative for women in the textile industry. In 1906, Emmeline became treasurer of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), enduring force feeding while imprisoned in Holloway. Emmeline's resistance to the the militant approaches of the WSPU, led to disagreements and Christabel Pankhurst to oust the Pethick-Lawrences from the WSPU. Despite this, the couple continued to edit Votes for Women and United Suffragists, which endorsed 'militancy without violence'.

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