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Christabel (left) and Emmeline Pankhurst in 1903.

The Women’s Social and Political Union played a crucial role in the campaign to gain the vote for women. 

Not to be ignored: Kitty Marion, Criminal Record Office, c.1913.

Why is it so easy to forget an unsavoury aspect of Britain’s recent past?

Winning the vote for women brought new energy to campaigns for social and political equality. Joanne Smith looks at the remarkable flowering of women’s associations in Britain during the 20th century.

Sojourner Truth, c.1864.

As calls for women’s suffrage gained momentum following the American Civil War, an uncomfortable racial fault-line began to emerge within the movement, argues Jad Adams.

Fern Riddell investigates the campaign of terror orchestrated by the Edwardian suffragette movement before the First World War and asks why it has been neglected by historians.

'Shoulder to Shoulder': Siân Phillips plays Emmeline Pankhurst in the BBC drama

A BBC drama from 1974 highlights the tensions in writing feminist history.

Jad Adams considers the actions of the militant British suffragette movement and its far-reaching impact on the global struggle for female suffrage in the 20th century.

Millicent Fawcett

Janet Copeland focuses on an important figure in the emancipation of British women.

Emmeline Pankhurst is arrested by police outside Buckingham Palace while trying to present a petition to George V in May 1914

Paula Bartley reappraises the role of the leader of the Suffragettes.

WSPU founders Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst

Paula Bartley takes issue with those historians who depict the suffragettes of the Pankhursts' Women's Social and Political Union as elitists concerned only with upper- and middle-class women.