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The Wilberforce Telegraph - Pro-Suffrage feeling sweeps City.

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The Wilberforce Telegraph Pro-Suffrage feeling sweeps City Pro-suffrage feeling has taken the city of London by storm after the funeral of Emily Wilding Davison, which was attended by well over 5000 people, suffragists, suffragettes and other sympathisers yesterday. As reported on the 6th of June by the Wilberforce Telegraph, Davison was killed after she tried to tie a banner to the King's horse, Anmer, but was killed in the attempt when the horse crushed her skull. To coincide with these tragic events, the Wilberforce Telegraph bring you: The Rise of Suffrage: An Unbiased Report on Equal Rights for Women The suffrage movement was the result of the desire of many women to get the vote. Women that resorted to violence were called suffragettes, and women that used non-violence to get their way were called suffragists. Both had the same goals in mind, but had different routes to achieve those goals. The 2 movements were very different from each other, with each one disagreeing with the other's methods. One of the first well-known suffragists (though they weren't called that at the time) was Harriet Taylor, who was born in 1807 and died in 1858. ...read more.

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Her unwavering faith in the movement is legendary, and she is the inspiration for many young women tired of being oppressed by men. Another major leader of women suffrage was Caroline Norton. She was among the first to actually achieve something major. She was often abused by her violent husband, whom she married in 1827 and who had the right to abuse her and take all the money she got from her best-selling books. And she couldn't divorce him unless she proved he was unfaithful. When her husband left and took her children away from her, she started campaigning and finally, in 1839, the Custody of Infants Act was passed, which gave mothers legal custody of children under 7, as long as the woman had not committed adultery. The most prominent figure in women suffrage is Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-). She was born into a middle class family, but became a suffragette because she thought that the government was acting too slowly and the MP's would do nothing until pressured. So she went on to form the WSPU (Women's Social and Political Union) in 1903. Even though she was a middle class woman, she cared about the rights of the working classes, and especially the women in workhouses, where the homeless were sent to work. ...read more.

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And the violent methods employed by the suffragettes were increasingly unpopular with MPs, and this meant that more and more of them voted against bills that gave women better rights in the home or anywhere. So the suffragettes were wielding a double-edged sword and they'd just cut off their own arm. However, the biggest blow to the 2 movements (suffragettes and suffragists) came when the Conciliation Bill failed to be passed 3 years ago, even after gaining a majority. The suffragists and suffragettes were furious, but they showed their anger in very different ways. The suffragists decided to support the Labour Party at the next election, as they were the only ones that supported women suffrage. They organised peaceful pilgrimages and demonstrations, while the suffragettes resorted to violence. The suffragettes were thrown in prison, and their stories of force-feeding gained them huge public support. The Government then passed a new Act earlier this year that allowed hunger strikers to leave prison and then return to complete their sentence. This was called the Cat and Mouse Act. And just earlier this month came the tragedy that shook us all. Emily Davison was much loved by her friends and she will be missed. This was a tribute to her and her sisters of battle. She will be remembered as a martyr and an inspiration for them all. ...read more.

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