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What can we Learn about Campaign, Protest and Equality?

Fascinating Facts

  1. Not all Suffragists were women – There were many men who supported women getting the vote including most famously: Kier Hardy, MP; George Lansbury MP; Frederick Pethwick-Lawrence
  2. Not all women supported women getting the vote. Some, including author Mary Ward even actively campaigned against it as part of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage.
  3. To protect themselves in violent protests, some of the Suffragettes were trained in Jiu Jitsu. The idea behind the training was that bodyguards would surround leaders like Emmeline Pankhurst and defend them against the police.
  4. International Womens Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
  5. In 1911 there were a number of children’s strikes from schools. Pupils were protesting about poor conditions and harsh punishments, like the cane. You can find out more here
  6. Here are some other young campaigners who have tried to change things that they felt were unfair: