Sunday, 18 February 2018

Sunday Snap – Oh! The Suffragettes

We were in Chinatown preparing for the New Year celebrations for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked where it was and the answer is


Leading the dragon parade with the right answer were Soma, Kara and Susan.

This week we are looking into the history of the Suffragettes and their connection to Sheffield. This month sees 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 came into force. For the first time women in the UK were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections. Initially not all women were eligible to vote. You had to be over 30 and owned property (or married to a man who had property) of at least £5 rateable value (this would have included most properties). Although this did not give women the same voting rights as men it did allow 8.5 million women the right to vote.

The suffragist movement was led by two main groups. Millicent Fawcett lead the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). The more militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded by Emmeline along with her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela. Christabel came to Sheffield in 1903 to speak to an audience in order to encourage more of them to take up the suffragette cause. It was her younger sister Adela who made more of an impact in Sheffield. In 1908 she disguised herself as part of the kitchen staff working at the Cutlers' Hall on the day of the Cutlers' Feast. That year the First Lord of the Admiralty was the guest speaker and Adela was planning on entering the hall but was stopped twice from doing so. The next year she took a house in Sheffield to be used as her living accommodation and base for her campaigning in Sheffield. In 1912 they used one of their more violent tactics by blowing up post boxes in Sheffield High Street.

As the organiser and secretary of the Sheffield branch of the WSPU Adela also helped to set up the first 'suffrage shop' in Sheffield. The site of the shop still exists but today it is a tea room as shown above. Sadly for Adela a falling out with her mother and sister Christabel resulted in her being given £20 and a ticket to Australia in 1914. By this time women in Australia had already been giving voting rights. This week's question is

What was the surname of Adela's family?

We were joined last week by Cheryl and a polar bear skeleton. Soma went for a post-lunar eclipse walk. On tour in Dorset is Dippy the Dinosaur spotted by Kara. There was more snow for Susan. It was farewell to Salem the cat from Anne. Lisa was on the search for winter flowers. There was more flowers from Betty with a selection of purple blooms from New Zealand. Finally, Sharon has been getting creative with her shadow.

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  1. Pankhurst. (I do enjoy your weekly quiz!)

  2. Oh I know this one, it's Pankhurst :) Thanks for hosting x

  3. I only knew about Emmeline Pankhurst, not the rest of her family, before reading this :)

  4. I’m sure it’s pankhurst. No idea why my comment keeps disappearing x


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