A taste of Judith Barrow’s session on the Suffragettes – a post from her blog.
For more on her talk:
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It can only be estimated that the number of women who went to prison was more than 1,000 because many were imprisoned under public order offences and so are not easy to identify.
Neither is it certain how many went on hunger strike or were forcibly fed.
But it is certain that the Suffragettes refused to bow to violence against them.
They were quite happy to go to prison. And, from 1909, women demanding the status of political prisoners began to refuse food. The government was extremely concerned that they might die in prison thus giving the movement martyrs. So prison governors were ordered to force-feed Suffragettes even though this caused a public outcry as forced feeding was traditionally used to feed those who were then called lunatics…as opposed to what were mostly educated women.
Force-feeding was a serious problem. The force-feeding of hunger-striking suffragettes was invasive, demeaning, and…
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