Deeds not Words Lesson 2

Deeds Not Words
The Fight For Women's
Suffrage 1900-1918
Lesson Two: The Women's
Social and Political Union
How many can you name?
Cheryl Cole
How many can you name?
What we will learn today:
• Assess violent protest as a form of campaigning.
• The women's movement and the militant suffragettes.
• The tactics used by the suffragettes and their impact.
• Establish whether or not the suffragettes helped to get
women the vote.
Watch this video and write down four words to
describe it.
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to play
In groups read through the newspaper extracts.
‘Parliament Square Gardens was subjected to sustained and
violent attacks by some protesters, intent on mayhem, who ripped
down fencing, set fire to benches., broke windows and even went
so far as to launch a fire extinguisher from the roof of the
Conservative Party Headquarters’
‘The protests over MPs
voting to increase
university tuition fees in
England to up to £9,000
a year turned violent on
‘The protesters who chose to wreak
havoc on our city should also be
aware of the potential greater cost
to London's global reputation as we
prepare to host the world during the
2012 Games.’
Task One
Answer these questions in your workbooks.
1) What was the protest about?
2) What do you think the protesters wanted to
3) Do you think violent protest is the way to get
things achieved?
4) Did the protest result in what they wanted?
The suffragettes were a militant women's campaign group that were
willing to use violent tactics to achieve the vote.
The WSPU was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter
Christabel on 10 October 1903 in their Manchester home.
During her time working as a registrar of births, marriages, and deaths
Emmeline was struck by the troubles single women faced to raise their
children. She believed that women needed to lose their subordinate
role and campaign for the vote if they were to progress in society as
equals to men.
Militant: Aggressive, hostile, violent or destructive
behavior in support of a cause.
Founders of the WSPU
Women's Social and Political Union
The Suffragettes
Deeds not Words
• Believed in using militancy (violence) to gain the vote. Setting fire to
empty buildings, chaining themselves to railings, smashing windows,
and damaging golf courses
• Series of 6 meetings in 1908 attracted more than 25,000 women.
The suffragettes
gained publicity
through propaganda,
leaflets, newspapers,
marches and
1908 Demonstration
Hyde Park and £1,000
spent on publicity.
Militant Tactics
• 1909 Imprisoned
suffragettes started
going on hunger
• Many women who
went on hunger
strikes were force fed
by a tube though the
nose and liquid food
would be poured into
their stomachs. Many
were made very ill as
a result.
Temporary Discharge for Ill Health
Act 1913.
Introduced by Henry Asquith and the
Liberal Government , the Act was a
response to petitions from councils
against forced feeding.
Public opinion was against the idea
of women being force fed. To deal
with this, suffragettes on hunger
strikes would be released until they
were in better health and would then
be re-arrested.
This became known by suffragettes
as the CAT AND MOUSE ACT, as
you can see from this suffragette
propaganda poster.
18 November 1910: Black Friday
150 suffragettes hurt in violence
outside parliament.
1912-14 Wild Period begins arson
attacks, acid spilt on golf courses,
letter boxes vandalised and
telephone wires cut.
Emily Wilding Davison
• On 4 June 1913, Emily Davison
was severely injured when a protest
for women suffrage went wrong at
the Epsom Derby.
• Emily stepped out into the race
course in front of the King’s horse.
She was kicked by horses hooves
and died on 6 June from her
• There has been debate about what
she was trying to do.
• In the primary source discussion
you have to analyses the video and
interpret what you think Davison
was try to do. Did she intend to kill
herself in protest, or was it a protest
gone wrong?
Primary Source Task
• Get in to groups.
•When doing source work, don't forget your 4 Ws!
When was it written?
Who wrote/created the source?
Why was it created/written?
What does it say?
• You then have to prepare your activity to present
to the class.
The death of Emily Davison.
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Sister Suffragette
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to play
An Emmeline Pankhurst speech
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to play
Start to create the Facebook page in
your workbooks for the WSPU.
Complete this for homework.