Mary Wyan (Mary Ellen Taylor)(1864-1914), Suffragette
Sitter in 2 portraits
Wyan was one of 200 women arrested during the Conciliation Bill demonstrations of March 1912. Her activism was marked by a commitment to the militant approach of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and strong support from her family. Following an arrest in 1913, she went on hunger strike and refused to be released under the Cat and Mouse Act, which sought to deal with the problem of hunger striking suffragettes by allowing their early release only to then recall them to prison once their health was recovered. She demanded a complete discharge instead. After refusing to enter a nursing home, she sat on a chair outside on the street until she was taken to a Kensington Infirmary, where she was finally forced to give up her protest. Her husband wrote to Ramsay MacDonald and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence to gain support for his wife's case.
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silver print mounted onto identification sheet, 1914