Kitty Marion (Katherina Maria Schafer)(1871-1944), Militant suffragette; Actress
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Suffragette and birth control activist, Kitty left Germany as a teenager for the London stage and experienced first hand the exploitation endured by actresses. She joined the Actress Franchise League in 1909, often staging pro-suffragette plays and then joined the Women’s Social and Political Union. Following her arrest for the arson attack at a racecourse with Clara Giveen she was force fed 232 times before being released as part of the Cat and Mouse Act. The onset of the First World War forced her to move to America, where she became involved in the family planning movement, establishing America’s first birth-control clinic.
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