The Suffragette (1911)

E Sylvia Pankhurst

The Suffragette The History of the Women's Suffrage Movement 1903-1910

Published: London, Gay and Hancock, 1911

Date: 1911

London Gay & Hancock 1911, 1911. First U.K. edition. Published in June 1911, stating "reprinted in June 1911" to the reverse, with the distinctive suffragette portcullis to the front board. The book is firmly bound in the publisher's purple cloth, lettered and decorated in gilt, green and white, the corners and spine ends are slightly bumped and rubbed with mild toning to the spine. The text block is clean. An attractive example of the U.K. first edition of Pankhurst's history of the early days of the militant women's suffrage movement. Scarce.

Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (5 May 1882 – 27 September 1960) was an English campaigner for the suffragette movement, a prominent left communist and, later, an activist in the cause of anti-fascism. She spent much of her later life agitating on behalf of Ethiopia, where she eventually moved. Like many suffragists she spent time in prison, being arrested on numerous occasions whilst campaigning for the rights of women. Sylvia was aged 24 when she went to prison for the first time. During the period between February 1913 and July 1914 Sylvia Pankhurst, was arrested eight times, each time being repeatedly force-fed. She gave several accounts of her experience of force feeding and time in prison. Pankhurst died in Addis Ababa in 1960, aged 78, and received a full state funeral at which Haile Selassie named her "an honorary Ethiopian". She is the only foreigner buried in front of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, in a section reserved for patriots of the Italian war. Her name and picture (and those of 58 other women's suffrage supporters) are on the plinth of the statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, London, unveiled in 2018[19][20][21], whilst a musical on her life entitled Sylvia premiered at the Old Vic in September the same year.

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