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.