Meet The Woman Who Fought For Women’s Right To Vote
Today marks a special day in history as it is exactly 104 years ago when Emily Wilding Davison sacrificed her life for women’s right to vote. The suffragette was trampled under King George V’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby. Meet The Woman Who Fought And Died For Women’s Right To Vote 104 Years Ago
As reported by the Telegraph, Davison became the first woman to die for the cause. It is thought she was attempting to attach a flag calling for women to have the vote to the horse’s bridle, mortally wounding herself in the process – as the King and Queen Mary looked on from the Royal Box.
She died of her injuries on on June 8, 1913, aged just 40. Meet The Woman Who Fought For Women’s Right To Vote
Wilding was known for the extreme lengths she went to in her fight for women’s rights. She was arrested on nine different occasions, often protesting by means of hunger strike, and was brutally force-fed 49 times while in prison.
In 1909, Davison was sentenced to a month of hard labour in Strangeways in Manchester after throwing stones at a carriage transporting then-chancellor David Lloyd George.
Her funeral on June 14, 1913 saw thousands of suffragettes accompany the coffin, with tens of thousands of people lining the streets of London.
Women over the age of 21 finally won the right to vote in 1918. This was extended to all women in 1928.
Today, as people across the UK head to polling stations, many have been paying their respects to Davison – the first woman to give her life in the fight for female emancipation.