Mrs Pankhurst in full flow
|WHEN MRS PANKHURST CAME TO TOWN
The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU)
was a group led by Emmeline Pankhurst. Their aim was to gain equal
voting rights for women. Emmeline gave speeches encouraging women to
take action in order to achieve this goal. The WSPU, at the time, became
known as a 'radical party', which means they used extreme methods in
order to get their message heard. Because these methods were sometimes
violent, WSPU members became the first women labelled as 'suffragettes'.
Members were known to smash windows, damage public property and even
start fires. This got many women in trouble with the police and some
even sentenced to time in prison, where they were treated very badly.
When the stories of bad treatment reached the newspapers, it actually
helped to increase support for the suffragette movement.
SUFFRAGETTE POLICY. MILITANT TRUCE
WILL SOON BE OVER The Lyceum
Theatre at Newport was crowded on Thursday afternoon, when Mrs.
Pankhurst spoke on the subject of votes for women. A good many men were
turned away at the beginning of the proceedings, as the meeting was
intended to be for women only. Several women who were expected to be in
favour of a "row" were also not admitted. Thus a quiet and attentive
hearing was assured for the speakers. The chair was taken by Miss
Barrett. Mrs. Pankhurst spoke with great feeling when dealing with the
moral aspect of women's political and social work. It was intended, she
said, to carry on a mission in all the large towns of the country during
the next few weeks ; A large number of questions were asked. Mrs.
Pankhurst explained that the suffragettes opposed the Liberals at the
election because they were the party in power-the party who could give
the vote if they wished. What the suffragettes hoped was that neither
party would have a large majority in Parliament. Thanks to some extent
to the suffragettes, the Liberals now had only a majority that they
could depend upon of two. The Government could not depend upon the Irish
or the Labour party. ("Oh."); they could not depend upon either of those
parties unless they gave them something—and if the Welsh party was
sensible they would endeavour to get something also. Unless the
Government did something for the suffragettes, the militant truce would
soon be over. A vote of thanks to Mrs. Pankhurst was carried.
18 February 1910