Remember when your grandmother told you about her time with the Suffragettes, the women campaigning for voting rights in early 20th-century Britain?
But they did not only pass out pamphlets, give speeches and sit around knitting and drinking tea. No, some of these early feminists resorted to more radical methods. Terrorism, we would call it today. They smashed shop windows, cut telephone lines, burned down houses and vandalized public parks, golf courses and cricket grounds. They smashed artifacts at the British Museum and attacked paintings in the National Gallery with axes. They even built and detonated bombs.
These ladies were some really tough chicks. Respect!
- More articles on terrorism.
- An interview on this topic with Fern Riddell, author of Death in Ten Minutes: The forgotten life of radical suffragette Kitty Marion.