100 years of suffrage: Timeline of Weston’s trailblazing women

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:34 06 February 2018

A policeman restrain a demonstrator as suffragettes gathered outside Buckingham Palace in 1914.  Suffragettes campaigned vigorously in the early part of the 2Oth century to gain the right for women to vote, and one died in 1913 when she threw herself under the King's horse at the Derby.

A policeman restrain a demonstrator as suffragettes gathered outside Buckingham Palace in 1914. Suffragettes campaigned vigorously in the early part of the 2Oth century to gain the right for women to vote, and one died in 1913 when she threw herself under the King's horse at the Derby.

A hundred years ago today (Tuesday), women in Britain were finally given the right to vote – and the Mercury is marking the centenary with a pull-out supplement this week.

Today marks 100 years since women achieved the right to vote.Today marks 100 years since women achieved the right to vote.

The suffrage campaign is synonymous with the Pankhursts and Millicent Fawcett, but thousands of women marched, petitioned and protested to win the vote – among them, some prominent and important Weston-super-Mare figures.

We will be celebrating those trailblazing women from the town who endured force-feeding, went on hunger strikes and ignored all the abuse thrown their way because they believed women should have a say in who the country’s political leaders were.

Women from Weston were among the very first to campaign for the vote, adding their names to the 1,499-strong petition to Parliament in 1866 – the very first mass petition calling for votes for women.

MORE: 10 inspirational Weston women you should know about.

Some of the most prominent suffragettes from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), including Annie Kenney, descended on Weston during the campaign. Though their voices were sometimes drowned out by jeers, though they were met with threats of violence, they did not give up.

The Mercury will cover some of the key events in Weston during those turbulent years in the paper on Thursday.

But it will also look at how far we have come. The supplement will show how many of our political leaders are women, and what are the barriers men and women, and boys and girls, still face on account of their gender.

MORE: Who was Weston’s leading suffragette Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence?

For your pull-out suffrage centenary supplement, pick up a copy of the Weston Mercury on Thursday.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 17:37

Homemade crafts and items were sold in aid of one of Weston’s best-loved sites.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A determined Weston woman has completed a gruelling seven-month swimming challenge to raise money for Weston Hospicecare in memory of her partner’s mum.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 16:00

The fun and fervour of this year’s carnival may only just have begun to die down, but 50 years ago attention focussed on bringing the event back to Weston’s streets.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Entries are still being taken for this year’s Turip Prize.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

One of the hottest rising talents on the British music scene will be performing at a gig in Bristol in 2019.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Avon and Somerset police are targeting drivers without insurance as part of a county-wide initiative which started on Monday.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A former teacher who taught at a school in Uphill is hoping to reconnect with former pupils and staff.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:53

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton
Yesterday, 08:23

There are few stories better known than the birth of Jesus.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:55

A GP practice has agreed to improve safety for its patients in a bid to get the go-ahead to build a surgery.

Read more
Congresbury Yatton

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists