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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Who's your Hero or Heroine?

Susan has challenged us this month to create a mixed media creation depicting our Hero or Heroine. The twist is to journal it on your blog. The prize kindly donated by Susan are two fabulous Memory Box stencils.

I knew straightaway who I would choose.....Emmiline Pankhurst and the Suffragette Movement.

I did some research online and I have tried to precise her bio below.

"Emily Pankhurst was born in Moss Side, Manchester in 1858. Her family had a tradition of radical politics, and she stepped into that mould becoming a passionate campaigner for women’s right to vote.

In 1903 she formed the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). It was through the political action of the WSPU that the term women’s suffragette movement was created. She led a passionate group of women who were willing to take part in drastic action such as tying to railings, smashing windows and launching demonstrations. One such protest sadly ended in tragedy when Emily Davison threw herself under the Kings horse (1913).

Women in other parts of the world were able to vote before those in Britain.

New Zealand was the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote in 1893 when all women over the age of 21 were permitted to vote in parliamentary elections.[3] Women in South Australia achieved the same right and also became the first to obtain the right to stand for Parliament in 1895.[4] In the United States, women over the age of 21 were allowed to vote in the western territories of Wyoming from 1869 and in Utah from 1870, and in most states outside the South by 1919.
 With the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment the suffrage was extended to women across the United States in time for the 1920 presidential election. Women over 21 were allowed to vote in Canada (except Quebec) from 1919.

Eventually, largely due to the efforts, and not to forget the suffering and imprisonment of the Suffragettes, women in Britain over the age of 30, meeting certain property qualifications, were given the right to vote in 1918, and in 1928 suffrage was extended to all women over the age of 21

However, in 1928, Emmeline fell ill, and died on 14 June 1928.

The colours of the Suffragette Movement were Purple, Green and White. These colours were chosen by Emmeline Pethick Lawrence because "Purple...stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette...white stands for purity in private and public is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring"."

With these colours in mind I began my creation.

I began with three pieces of appropriate coloured card stock . The central white strip I dry embossed .I found many images on the web and finally went with one of Emily and some flags and a ticket for a procession from Hyde Park. I added ribbons from the image to give it the look of a  rosette.

I enjoyed researching facts about my Heroine and I hope my precise of her life's work inspires you to think about your Hero or Heroine. It could be anyone from history, fiction even or someone in your family.
For more inspiration please visit Unstampabelles and visit my teamies to read about their Hero or Heroine, you won't be disappointed.

Have fun and I look forward to visiting your blogs and reading about your Heroes.


  1. Yes, she was an amazing woman for her time - and one I have admired for quite a while. A great piece for this theme.