Antonia Byatt, first woman director of the Women's Library, focused on how the suffragettes publicised their cause. In the absence of Facebook and Twitter, not to mention radio and TV, addressing rallies and marching with banners was a no-choice option for the suffragettes. Chaining themselves to railings , setting fire to politicians’ homes and getting arrested was a way to keep the issue in newspaper headlines. When Emily Davison was killed on Derby Day in 1913 by throwing herself under the King’s horse it was the climax of an escalating campaign.
With theoutbreak of WW1 the government had other things to occupy them. Women's contribution to the national economy proved to be the most persuasive factors in their eventual enfranchisement. It was good to be reminded, though, of a time when women did step outside their allotted social roles to fight for justice.
I’m inspired to go back to the museum soon to see their collection of materials and memorabilia.