1. Carole Heath on September 22, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I know Roman road market and that particular area. Sylvia Pankhurst lived in Old Ford road I believe not far away. She lived there during her imprisonment at Holloway prison and was force fed in prison as many of the Suffragettes where the government at the time passed an act called the cat and mouse act which allowed the women to be arrested as soon as they passed the prison gates and imprisoned once again. As this article has stated many ordinary women worked tirelessly to obtain the franchise ( vote) for women to be allowed to have their voice heard in our democratic system. The Pankhursts are mostly credited as being the people who helped to do this. But we must not forget Millicent Fawcett also a leading light in the movement who thought that the Pankhurst’s especially Sylvia’s more radical ideologies where not the answer to the dilemma of votes for women she believed that more passive methods where called for and civil unrest would not help the cause. Of course the Pankhursts where well educated middle class women and women at the lower end of the social ladder like east -end women needed orators like the Pankhursts who could be their mentors. Unfortunately as time went on the Pankhursts became at logger-heads as their political views where so different.and I believe it divided them as a family. During the first world war women 30 years and over I believe it was could vote in elections but it was not until 1928 that women 21 and over where granted the right to vote. The struggle for female emancipation in this country regarding the movement had gone on for over 60 years starting from the 1800’s with Emmerline Pankhurst Sylvia’s mother.

  2. Carole Heath on September 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    PS if anyone has an interest in this topic regarding the votes for women in East London a good book on this subject is( in letters of Gold by Rosemary Taylor) read it myself a great read on social history and women’s struggle to be heard in our democracy.

  3. patricia hannafin on March 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    My Grandmother’s sister (Elizabeth Mary Liston Nee Shine) was arrested 4 times, and imprisioned 4 times when she was a suffragette. She was also force-fed, horrible. I have been tracing my Family Tree for some years, and when she told me what she had gone through, I felt ill.My great-aunt Lizzie was a fighter, always telling me that a lot of her friends had died so that I could vote.
    She died the night of the hurricane in 1987, she was very ill, and should have died days before. The doctors in the London Hospital seemed surprised that she held on. I thought that she knew the hurricane was coming, and wanted people to remember when she died!. We all owe a great deal deal to women like my great-aunt Lizzie.

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