Thursday, 14 July 2016

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst was born on this day, July 14, 1858. In 1903, she founded the Women's Social and Political Union, which used militant tactics to agitate for women's suffrage.

As the leader of the British Suffragette movement, Emmeline Pankhurst was highly controversial both in the establishment and the movement itself. Pankhurst was imprisoned many times, but supported the war effort after World War I broke out.

Green, white and violet became the rec­og­nised colours of the Women's Social and Political Union. Since the suff­ragette movement slogan was "Give Women the Vote," Emmeline adopted the three colours: Green = Give, White = Women and Violet = Vote. The WSPU ex­orted women to "wear the colours" and show support for the mo­vement.

Suffragette jewellery flourished until 1918, the year in which British women first obtained the right to vote. Pankhurst died in 1928, sadly shortly before women were given full voting rights.

In celebration of Emmeline Pankhurst, we take a look at the Suffragette jewellery and items in Suffragette colours available at Alfies.

Silver and paste necklace, 1900s, offered by Zeeba Jewels

9ct gold, peridot, amethyst and split pearls, offered by Zeeba Jewels

Suffragette style vintage ring, offered by Gareth Brooks
Deco green frost glass 1930s bowl. Two part piece, from Renato

Set of 3 White Glass Celing Lights with Brass details, Danish 1950s, from Thirteen Interiors

Curved sofa, Italy 1950s, from Matt Mitchell London

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