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Emily Wilding Davison

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This video covers:  Explores who Emily Davison was and what she did for the suffrage movement.

Emily Wilding Davison was a character almost inevitably developed by a struggle such as ours; she was very well educated and had taken first class honours at Oxford in English Language and Literature. Yet she put all this aside and devoted herself to the work of the union. She suffered many imprisonments, was forcibly fed and most brutally treated. On one occasion, when she barricaded her cell against the prison doctors, a hosepipe was turned on her from the window and she was drenched and all but drowned in the icy water. After this she was convinced that only the sacrifice of human life would awaken the public conscience. At one time she tried to kill herself by throwing herself off the upper galleries in the prison but succeeded only in sustaining cruel injuries. After that, she clung to her conviction that one great tragedy, the deliberate throwing into the breach of a human life, would put an end to the intolerable torture of women. And so she threw herself into the path of the King’s horse.
20th Century
Suffragette Movement
Key people
Suffragette Movement
Emmeline Pankhurst
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