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"Empowering Women: A Journey of Resilience and Strength" In the fight for equality, women have scratched and fought against societal norms

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Holloway Brooch

Suffragette W. S. P. U Holloway Brooch
The Holloway Brooch, designed by Sylvia Pankhurst, for presentation to W.S.P.U released prisoners. It depicts the portcullis symbol of the House of Commons with chains and broad arrows in purple

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Cat Scratch and Fight Police

Suffragette Cat Scratch and Fight Police. Cat with Votes for Women sign around its neck proclaims, I m a catty suffragette, I scratch and fight the P lice, so long as they withhold the vote

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Flora Drummond Tartan

Suffragette Flora Drummond Tartan. Flora Drummond (1879-1949) wearing a tartan shawl, arm raised, may be doing The Highland Fling Probably taken when Scottish suffragettes welcomed Mary Phillips

Background imageWomens Collection: WW2 - The Girls Of Today, W. R. E. N. Salute

WW2 - The Girls Of Today, W. R. E. N. Salute
A WW2 children's book illustration from The Girls Of Today. The image shows a British Royal Navy admiral taking a salute from a servicewomen of the Women's Royal Naval Service

Background imageWomens Collection: Dior Fashions 1964. P006405

Dior Fashions 1964. P006405

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Board Game PANK-A-SQUITH

Suffragette Board Game PANK-A-SQUITH
A suffragette board game called Pank-A-Squith which was first advertised in the pages of Votes for Women, October 1909. It was described as a highly artistic TABLE GAME that helps to spread

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Cat In Hat and Flag

Suffragette Cat In Hat and Flag. A cat wears a large picture hat and a flag in WSPU colours, purple, white and green, fastened as a shawl with VFW badge

Background imageWomens Collection: Rolex precision watches 1937

Rolex precision watches 1937
A selection of womens wristwatches for Rolex, Oyster watch that is waterproof, dustproof, anti magnetic and unbreakable glass. Products for Army & Navy catalogue. Date: 1937

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Rally Womens Sunday Programme 1908

Suffragette Rally Womens Sunday Programme 1908. Official programme & souvenir of the Votes for Women Demonstration, 21st June 1908

Background imageWomens Collection: La vie Parisienne 1923 1920s France Vald es magazines illustrations womens swimming

La vie Parisienne 1923 1920s France Vald es magazines illustrations womens swimming costumes swim suits bathing costumes swimwear swimsuits diving waves sea

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Suffragists on the WarPath

Suffragette Suffragists on the WarPath. Four gleeful suffragettes attack policeman lying prostrate on the ground. Captioned, Jump on him. He is only a mere man. Date: circa 1907

Background imageWomens Collection: Womens Institute activities during the First World War

Womens Institute activities during the First World War, making jam and wicker baskets to help with the war effort. 1915

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge and Ribbon

Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge and Ribbon
A circular tin badge with green border, white centre and purple lettering - W.S.P.U Votes for Women. Attatched to the badge is a piece of purple, white and green satin ribbon. Date: circa 1908

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Pankhurst Manchester Docks

Suffragette Pankhurst Manchester Docks. Mrs. Pankhurst stands in the dock, resplendent in picture hat and votes for women sash. A reference to the fact that the Pankhursts hailed from Manchester

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Cat in Straw Hat Votes for Women

Suffragette Cat in Straw Hat Votes for Women. Cat in a straw hat, placed at a jaunty angle, wears a large placard which reads, Votes for Women Date: circa 1908

Background imageWomens Collection: The Suffragette that knew Jiu-Jitsu

The Suffragette that knew Jiu-Jitsu - The Arrest. A crowd of terrified Policemen look on in trepidation at a lone suffragette, her sleeves rolled up, ready to take on all-comers

Background imageWomens Collection: WW2 recruitment poster, Join the Wrens

WW2 recruitment poster, Join the Wrens (Womens Royal Naval Service) and free a man for the Fleet. Printed for HMSO. Date: circa 1940

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge Sylvia Pankhurst

Suffragette W. S. P. U Badge Sylvia Pankhurst
Badge issued by the Womens Social & Political Union with design by Sylvia Pankhurst. This circular tin badge in purple, green and white, shows a young woman

Background imageWomens Collection: David Bowie at his home, Haddon Hall, at Beckenham, Kent, 20th April 1971

David Bowie at his home, Haddon Hall, at Beckenham, Kent, 20th April 1971

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Cat I Want My Vote

Suffragette Cat I Want My Vote. A suffragette cat or kitten against a background of purple, White and green (The colours of the Womens Social & Political Union) says I Want My Vote Date: circa 1908

Background imageWomens Collection: Recruitment poster for the WaC and WRNS

Recruitment poster for the WaC and WRNS
First World War recruitment poster for the WaC (Womens Army Auxiliary Corps) and WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service). circa 1917

Background imageWomens Collection: The Suffragettes 1913 1910s UK suffragettes womens rights votes for women magazines

The Suffragettes 1913 1910s UK suffragettes womens rights votes for women magazines feminists emancipation voting

Background imageWomens Collection: Seven women police officers in netball team

Seven women police officers in netball team
Seven women police officers in the 1954 Met Police netball team, posing with a ball and a netball post. They include Heather Walker, Nora Blacklock, June Barrett and Pat Stacke. Date: 1954

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Militant Arrested Mary Phillips

Suffragette Militant Arrested Mary Phillips. A woman, flanked by two policemen, with mounted officer in front, is led down a London Street

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragettes - Christmas Dinner in Holloway by Lawson Wood

Suffragettes - Christmas Dinner in Holloway by Lawson Wood
Four portly prison officers and policemen force feed a handcuffed suffragette Christmas pudding from the police buffet trolley in Holloway Prison. Date: 1912

Background imageWomens Collection: Bourjois 1951 1950s France womens up hats Paris Eiffel Tower Soir de Paris

Bourjois 1951 1950s France womens up hats Paris Eiffel Tower Soir de Paris

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Hunger Strike Medal W. S. P. U

Suffragette Hunger Strike Medal W. S. P. U
The W.S.P.U Hunger Strike medal presented to Grace Chappelow (1884-1971). This has two bars, indicating two imprisonments during which time, Grace was on hunger strike

Background imageWomens Collection: Womens Land Army in action, 1939

Womens Land Army in action, 1939
Land Girls following a tractor drawn potato digger, gathering produce before it can be affected by frost. Date: 1939

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Song Anthem March of the Women

Suffragette Song Anthem March of the Women. Words and music of The March of the Women composed by Ethel Smyth, dedicated to the Womens Social & Political Union, written in 1911

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Demonstration Hyde Park 1908

Suffragette Demonstration Hyde Park 1908. Advertisement for an excursion train to London from Ipswich on Sunday June 21st 1908

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Vote For Shes

Suffragette Vote For Shes. An aggressive looking cat holds a sign reading, Vote For Shes, in its paw. Captioned, the suffragette Down with the Tom Cats. Date: circa 1907

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Votes for Women Meeting

Suffragette Votes for Women Meeting. Leaflet/flyer issued by the National Womens Social & Political Union, advertising a public meeting at the Music Hall, Aberdeen, March 5th 1909, Mrs

Background imageWomens Collection: 1940s USA tartan suntans sunbathing lotions swim suits swimwear swimming costumes

1940s USA tartan suntans sunbathing lotions swim suits swimwear swimming costumes womens bikinis creams tanning bathing costumes

Background imageWomens Collection: 1940s USA lucien lelong theatre womens

1940s USA lucien lelong theatre womens

Background imageWomens Collection: EMILY DAVISON

EMILY DAVISON Died after throwing herself in front of the King's horse at the Derby in June 1913, She is wearing a prisoner's brooch & another medal. 1872 - 1913

Background imageWomens Collection: Suffragette Demonstration Rally Hyde Park

Suffragette Demonstration Rally Hyde Park
The Great Suffragette Demonstration held on 23rd July 1910. banners held aloft include Fortune Favours The Brave, Arise Go Forth & Conquer and the Emmeline Pankhurst banner. Date: 23rd July 1910

Background imageWomens Collection: Keir Hardie addressing suffragettes at Trafalgar Square

Keir Hardie addressing suffragettes at Trafalgar Square
Keir Hardie (1856-1915), founder of the Labour party, addressing suffragettes at a free speech meeting in 1908 - Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) and Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1834-1913)

Background imageWomens Collection: Sylvia Pankhurst Suffragette

Sylvia Pankhurst Suffragette. Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960) portrait. Sylvia Pankhurst wearing a thick fur coat. Date: circa 1906

Background imageWomens Collection: Advertisement for Elspeth Phelps, 1920s fashion

Advertisement for Elspeth Phelps, 1920s fashion
Advertisement for Elspeth Phelps of Albemarle St, London, part of a series depicting tongue in cheek scenes of society ladies (in this case the fictional Miss Coloothorne Coppit)

Background imageWomens Collection: 1920s France La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover

1920s France La Vie Parisienne Magazine Cover

Background imageWomens Collection: Blue Moon Silk stockings 1920s USA womens glamour pin-ups nylons hosiery

Blue Moon Silk stockings 1920s USA womens glamour pin-ups nylons hosiery

Background imageWomens Collection: 1940s UK au fait womens dresses gloves

1940s UK au fait womens dresses gloves

Background imageWomens Collection: La Vie Parisienne 1910s France Georges Leonnec illustrations magazines womens swimming

La Vie Parisienne 1910s France Georges Leonnec illustrations magazines womens swimming costumes swim suits bathing costumes swimwear swimsuits head scarves

Background imageWomens Collection: The Dance 1928 1920s USA Joyce Coles magazines womens celebrity famous maws

The Dance 1928 1920s USA Joyce Coles magazines womens celebrity famous maws

Background imageWomens Collection: La Vie Parisienne 1935 1930s France magazines mens womens ballet dancers gifts presents

La Vie Parisienne 1935 1930s France magazines mens womens ballet dancers gifts presents menÕs dancing

Background imageWomens Collection: La Vie Parisienne 1920 1920s France Leo Pontan magazines illustrations ice-skating

La Vie Parisienne 1920 1920s France Leo Pontan magazines illustrations ice-skating womens ice skating skates fur

Background imageWomens Collection: Nuevo Mundo 1923 1920s Spain cc magazines women art deco portraits womens

Nuevo Mundo 1923 1920s Spain cc magazines women art deco portraits womens

Background imageWomens Collection: La Vie Parisienne 1928 1920s France cc womens hats coats fur new years eve

La Vie Parisienne 1928 1920s France cc womens hats coats fur new years eve
La Vie Parisienne 1928 1920s France cc womens hats coats fur new yearÕs eve



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"Empowering Women: A Journey of Resilience and Strength" In the fight for equality, women have scratched and fought against societal norms. Just like the Suffragette Cat Scratch, they refused to be silenced. With their iconic Suffragette Cat in Hat and Flag, these brave women proudly displayed their determination to bring about change. The Suffragette Board Game PANK-A-SQUITH served as a reminder that every step towards progress mattered. It was through unity and strategic moves that they made history. Even in times of turmoil, such as 1937 when Rolex precision watches were introduced, women continued to strive for recognition. La vie Parisienne's 1923 illustrations showcased fearless females swimming against the tide of gender stereotypes. The Suffragette Rally Women's Sunday Programme of 1908 marked a pivotal moment where voices united in demand for suffrage rights. They were warriors on the warpath for justice. Leo Fontan's illustrations from La vie Parisienne captured the essence of liberated women during France's roaring twenties. These images celebrated their freedom to swim against society’s expectations. Sylvia Pankhurst stood tall at Manchester Docks as she fought tirelessly for her cause. Her unwavering dedication inspired countless others to join the movement. During World War I, even amidst chaos and uncertainty, the Women's Institute engaged in activities that showcased their resilience and ability to adapt. Wearing W. S. P. U badges with pride became a symbol of solidarity among suffragettes like Sylvia Pankhurst. These badges represented hope for a brighter future where all women would have equal rights. As we reflect on history, let us honor those who paved the way by wearing our own W. S. P. U Badge and Ribbon today. Together we can continue fighting until true equality is achieved.