Friday, November 20, 2009

In History: Sylvia Pankhurst

This is the first of a new weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at)


Suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst,
protesting the English policy in India.
Trafalgar Square, London, England, [1907-1914].

Sylvia Pankhurst, a UK born suffragette, once had United Kingdom's counter-intelligence and security agency MI5 considering strategies for "muzzling the tiresome Miss Sylvia Pankhurst." She founded the group East London Federation of Suffragettes around 1912, was anti-fascist and anti-racist, and continued fighting for women's right to vote while World War I was being fought. And those are just a few of her many accomplishments. Read more about Pankhurst here and here.

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