Feminist Pin Badge
Depicting Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880 – 1958) British suffragette and co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
Each brooch is hand cut from shrink plastic so they can vary in size slightly, but are approximately 6 cm in height. They are coated with a clear acrylic spray coat to protect the finish and have a double pin style fixing with metal clutches on the reverse.
Your pin bagde will come attached to a printed card, wrapped in a little bubble wrap and tissue, and posted in a small cardboard postal box.
Dame Christabel Pankhurst (1880 – 1958) British suffragette and co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).
Christabel Pankhurst was the daughter of women's suffrage movement leader Emmeline Pankhurst and radical socialist Richard Pankhurst, and sister to Sylvia and Adela Pankhurst. She obtained a Law degree from the University of Manchester, and received honours on her LL.B. exam but, as a woman, was not allowed to practise law.
In 1905 Christabel Pankhurst interrupted a Liberal Party meeting by shouting demands for voting rights for women. She was arrested and, along with fellow suffragette Annie Kenney, went to prison rather than pay a fine as punishment for their outburst. Their case gained much media interest and the ranks of the WSPU swelled following their trial. Due to differing political views, Christabel and her sister Sylvia did not get along. Sylvia was against turning the WSPU towards solely upper- and middle-class women and using militant tactics, while Christabel thought it was essential.
Her support of the war against Germany led her to call for the military conscription of men and the industrial conscription of women into national service in the pages of Britannia (the successor to The Suffragette). She called also for the internment of all people of enemy nationality, men and women, young and old, found on these shores.
After some British women were granted the right to vote at the end of World War I, Pankhurst announced that she would stand in the 1918 general election and did so as a Women’s Party candidate, in the Smethwick constituency in alliance with the Lloyd George/Conservative Coalition.
Leaving England in 1921, she moved to the United States where she eventually became an evangelist with Plymouth Brethren links and became a prominent member of Second Adventist movement. In 2006, a blue plaque for Christabel and her mother was placed by English Heritage at 50, Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, London W11 3AD, where they had lived.