GIRL POWER Photographs of the Suffragettes are brought to life in vivid colour to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote

February 6 marks one hundred years since women won the right to vote

06 February 2018 - 09:27

BLACK and white photographs of the Suffragettes have been painstakingly coloured to bring their struggle and message to life.

February 6 marks one hundred years since women won the right to vote - but it wasn't an easy achievement, with scores of women going on hunger strike, being disowned by their families, and risking violence at home to achieve what modern day women take for granted.

 Christabel Pankhurst,, daughter of Emmeline with Annie Kenne, another Suffragette
 
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Christabel Pankhurst,, daughter of Emmeline with Annie Kenne, another Suffragette

The 1918 Representation of the People Act allowed women who were householders over the age of 30 the right to vote.

However, it was not until 1928's Equal Franchise Act that all women aged over 21 were allowed to vote - a right already given to men.

But the struggle for a say in the political landscape had been raging for decades.

Members of the WSPU - the Women's Social and Political Union - resorting to hunger strike after fifty years without change.

 Emmeline Pankhurst, pictured in 1913, five years before women won the vote
 
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Emmeline Pankhurst, pictured in 1913, five years before women won the vote
 A woman looks from a broken window at HMP Holloway - where many Suffragettes were imprisoned
 
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A woman looks from a broken window at HMP Holloway - where many Suffragettes were imprisoned

They also had other violent methods of protesting, with Emmeline Pankhurst - a leader of the Suffragette movement - adopting the motto  'Deeds not Words'.

In 1889, Emmeline founded the Women’s Franchise League – which fought to allow married women to vote in local elections, before co-founding  the WSPU in 1903.

 Mabel Capper wears the Suffragettes colours of purple and green after appearing in court in 1912
 
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Mabel Capper wears the Suffragettes colours of purple and green after appearing in court in 1912
 Emmeline Pankhurst is arrested outside Buckingham Palace as she tried to deliver a petition to King George V in 1914
 
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Emmeline Pankhurst is arrested outside Buckingham Palace as she tried to deliver a petition to King George V in 1914
 Emmeline Pankhurst, left, with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia at Waterloo station in 1911 ahead of her US and Canadian lecture tour
 
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Emmeline Pankhurst, left, with her daughters Christabel and Sylvia at Waterloo station in 1911 ahead of her US and Canadian lecture tour
 Millicent Fawcett of the NUWSS, who believed in more peaceful methods of protesting
 
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Millicent Fawcett of the NUWSS, who believed in more peaceful methods of protesting

Emmeline was arrested on numerous occasions while fighting for women’s suffrage and, like many other suffragettes, went on hunger strike - resulting in violent force-feeding.

The feminist icon died aged 69 on June 14, 1928 - shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men.

Sadly for fellow Suffragette Emily Davison, she never got to see her dreams of women at the ballot box in her lifetime.

 A woman works in an ammunition factory during WW1 - an event that saw the Suffragettes stop protesting to fight a greater evil
 
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A woman works in an ammunition factory during WW1 - an event that saw the Suffragettes stop protesting to fight a greater evil

As part of her dramatic protesting for her beliefs, she threw herself in front of the King's horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby, and died from her injuries.

There were other more moderate women's rights groups such as The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, led by Milicent Fawcett, which helped to build the legal support for women without violent methods of protest.

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