Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913), Suffragette
Sitter associated with 2 portraits
Joining the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1906, by 1910 Davison was writing for their newspaper, Votes for Women. Believing militant action was necessary, she carried out numerous attacks, leaving the WSPU in 1911 after her actions were felt to be too aggressive by the union's leaders. In April 1911, Davison hid in a cupboard in the Palace of Westminster on the night of the census in order to give her place of address as the House of Commons. In June 1913 she ran out in front of the King's horse, at the Epsom Derby, causing horse and rider to fall. She suffered a fractured skull, dying four days later. The first woman to die for the cause, Davison acquired the status of 'Suffragette Martyr'.