Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

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Militant suffragist EPL launched and co-edited the weekly journal Votes for Women with her husband, Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , in 1907. The journal began as the official publication of the militant suffrage organisation, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) , but in 1912 the Pethick-Lawrences distanced themselves from the WSPU and began to publish it independently. During the first half of the twentieth century EPL published a number of suffragist pamphlets, many of them printed versions of speeches she had previously delivered. Speeches she gave in her own defence at the conspiracy trial of 1912 were published in 1913. From 1908 to 1950, she wrote many letters to the editor on a wide variety of national and international political topics. Her autobiography, 1938, largely focuses on the militant suffrage movement and the involvement in it of herself and her husband, as well as on her pacifist activities after World War One.
Photograph of a painting of Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence. She is depicted from the shoulders up, wearing a dark jacket over a pale, choker-necked shirt. Her dark, luxuriant hair is pinned on top of her head. Her expression is serene.
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Milestones

21 October 1867
Emmeline Pethick (later EPL ) was born in Clifton, close by Bristol.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
25 December 1937
EPL finished writing her autobiography, My Part in a Changing World; it was published early in the new year.
Pethick-Lawrence, Emmeline. My Part in a Changing World. Hyperion, 1976.
prelims
Brittain, Vera. Pethick-Lawrence: A Portrait. George Allen and Unwin, 1963.
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11 March 1954
At eighty-six years old, EPL died of a heart attack at her home, Fourways at Gomshall in Surrey.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Brittain, Vera. Pethick-Lawrence: A Portrait. George Allen and Unwin, 1963.
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Biography

Birth and Family

21 October 1867
Emmeline Pethick (later EPL ) was born in Clifton, close by Bristol.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.