Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Help to honour Brighton's Suffragettes

Photo taken in 1914 of some Brighton Suffragettes with their parasols outside the office, selling the weekly newspaper called "The Suffragette". From left to right: Miss Reid, Mrs Goodier, Miss Gye, Mrs Brandon, Miss Rae, Mrs Bouvier (taken from Diana Atkinson's "The Suffragettes in Pictures")

In 1907 Christabel Pankhurst, who founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), with her mother Emmeline, announced at a large meeting at the Dome "the Suffragettes have their designs on Brighton".

In this centenary year of the 1918 People's Representation Act giving certain women the right to vote, please help to commemorate the Suffragettes of Brighton by raising a “blue plaque” at the location of the WSPU office. The office was one of the most active regional offices being close to the London HQ. By 1908 they had one of the first WSPU banners, which was embroidered with the Brighton coat of arms.

Mary Jane Clarke, the younger married sister of Emmeline Pankhurst, was the paid organiser of the Brighton office from 1909, when it opened at 8/9 The Quadrant, North Street near the Clock Tower.

Statues and plaques for suffrage women are appearing all over the country this centenary year (1918-2018) #Vote100 to their memory. Let's make sure Brighton doesn't miss out by making a donation at Justgiving.

For more information please visit facebook page Brighton Suffragettes #Vote100

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