‘Deeds not Words’: The Suffragette Movement and my Lancashire Grandmother

Jane Crozier will talk about the Suffragettes through the experiences of her grandmother, ‘Red Nellie’, who, as a militant from Preston, was arrested for throwing stones through windows, twice went on hunger strike and was force fed in Holloway prison. After the provocative unfurling of a ‘Votes for Women’ banner at a political meeting in Manchester’s Free Trade Hall, militant protest spread across the country, involving women of all classes. In the period of greatest militant activity, 1903 – 1914, ‘Deeds not Words’ became the rallying cry, because words alone had fallen on deaf ears. Thus, a piece of family history illuminates aspects of the bigger picture in Lancashire and across Britain in the fight for women’s suffrage.


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