"She’d be chaining herself to fences along with the other militant suffragettes if we lived in England"
Suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, being arrested in 1914
Public DomainSuffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, being arrested in 1914

Suffragettes fought for women’s right to vote. Although most activities and protests were peaceful, they sometimes became militant, setting mail boxes on fire, smashing windows, and even detonating a few bombs. Women were arrested, and often went on hunger strikes in jail. That led to force-feeding, which was quite brutal.

Political activist Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffrage movement, was arrested seven times before women gained the right to vote.