Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826-1898) was a
suffragist, abolitionist and activist for the rights of Native Americans. She worked closely with the National Woman Suffrage Association and
dedicated her life to justice and equality.
She served as the president of the
Association, as well as its vice president and as Chair of the Executive
Committee. She published numerous influential articles and books, such as Woman as Inventor, History of Woman Suffrage (co-authored with Elizabeth Cady Stanton)
and Woman, Church and State.
Chapman Catt (1859-1947)
is one of the most prominent figures in the fight for women’s voting rights in
the United States. She was one of the leaders of the campaign that finally saw
voting rights extended to women in 1920.
She studied Science at Iowa State University,
graduating as the valedictorian and the only woman in her class. She later
became the first female reporter in San Francisco. In her native Iowa, she was
highly active in the Woman Suffrage Association and helped form the
International Woman Suffrage Alliance.
Emily Davison (1871-1913) was an English sufragette and member
of the Women’s Social and Political Union. She was famously and tragically
killed when she tried to pin a “Votes for Women” banner on the king’s horse during the 1913 Derby and
was trampled as a result.
she studied at Oxford, she was not awarded a degree on account of her gender.
She was known in the WSPU for her militant tactics, which led to arrests and
time spent in prison.
I was part of something very special today.
In Edinburgh, as in London, Belfast, and Cardiff, Processions 2018 was a celebration of 100 years of women voting in the United Kingdom.
A wonderful event with so many inspiring women and emotional moments.
Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was an author and social activist. She is best remembered for writing the lyrics to the famous Civil War song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
She wrote the song in 1862, after which it quickly became one of the most popular anthems of the Union. She was also a dedicated suffragist, and was a leader of the American Woman Suffrage Association. In 1881 she was chosen as president of the Association for the Advancement of Women.
(1877-1948) was a
Hungarian suffragist, feminist, and pacifist. She founded organizations such as
the Hungarian Feminist Association, and the Hungarian National Council of Women.
She worked as a
corresponding secretary for the International Woman Suffrage Alliance, and
toured Europe to lecture on female suffrage. She was also involved in the
activities of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, becoming
its vice-president in 1916. In 1918, she became the Hungarian ambassador to
Switzerland, one of the first women in the world to serve in such a diplomatic
Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948) was one of the first prominent South Asian women to campaign for women’s suffrage in Britain and leader of the Women’s Tax Resistance League.
Born in London, she was the daughter of the exiled Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last Maharajah of the Sikh Empire.
In 1907, a visit to India made a striking impression on her, when she encountered the poverty and devastation left by her father’s abdication. It was then when she met with Indian freedom fighters. After she returned to Britain she joined the suffragette movement, and as a sign of dissent she refused to pay taxes. She also auctioned her belongings and donated the money to women’s rights causes. On 14 June 1928, she became the president of the Committee of the Suffragette Fellowship. It was during her term that women were granted the right to vote in Britain.
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928) is one of the most recognisable leaders o the British suffrage movement. She founded the Women’s Franchise League, and was involved in several causes aimed at offering women more rights in society.
She was also the founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union, later transforming it in the Women’s Party, continuously pushing for women being offered the vote. Even though her tactics were described as radical and militant, her efforts eventually led to equal suffrage in 1918.