Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913), Suffragette
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Davison joined the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1906 and by 1910 she was working for the WSPU and writing articles for their newspaper, Votes for Women. Believing militant action was necessary, she carried out numerous attacks, including arson and stone throwing. She left the WSPU in 1911 after her actions were felt to be too aggressive by the Union's leaders. In April 1911 she hid in a cupboard in the Palace of Westminster on the night of the census in order that she could give her place of address as the House of Commons. She was arrested eight times, and during periods of time in prison she endured hunger strikes, forced feeding and solitary confinement.