Monday, February 25, 2008

On this day

in 1913, English suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst went on trial for a bomb attack on the home of David Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I wish I had known this earlier today when at a small family gathering we said farewell to an old Aunt who was 94 when she died. This means she was born at the time of the Suffragettes. She was a very strong willed woman who worked hard all her life and I reckon had the Suffragettes still been going as she grew up shoe would have joined them. Now that would have been something to reflect on at the service.

1 comment:

Mark Wadsworth said...

The voting age for men and women was not equalised until 1928 (at age 21?). Prior to that it was not until age 30 for women.

So your aunt (born 1904?) would not have been able to vote until she was 24, and was thus was of the earlier beneficiaries of the changes.