Christabel Pankhurst

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Standard Name: Pankhurst, Christabel
Birth Name: Christabel Harriette Pankhurst
CP 's early writing career was devoted to advancing the cause of militant suffragism; the second half of her career marked a shift to religious radicalism formed in part by her experience of the first world war.
Black and white photograph of young Christabel Pankhurst, standing in a garden with roses and other flowering plants behind her. She has her hands behind her back and one knee bent under a long flowing dress with draped skirt over pleated under-skirt, and a thick dark waistband. She has jaw-length wavy hair and her face is turned up as if to look at the sky.
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Connections

Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Birth Sylvia Pankhurst
SP was born, the middle daughter in a famous family; her four siblings included Christabel , Adela , and two brothers who died relatively young.
Romero, Patricia W. E. Sylvia Pankhurst: Portrait of a Radical. Yale University Press, 1987.
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Mitchell, David J. The Fighting Pankhursts: A Study in Tenacity. MacMillan, 1967.
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death Ethel Smyth
She appointed Christopher St John as her literary executor. At the request of Christabel Pankhurst , St John downplayed ES 's role in the suffrage movement when she wrote her biography.
Mitchell, David J. The Fighting Pankhursts: A Study in Tenacity. MacMillan, 1967.
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St John, Christopher. Ethel Smyth. Longmans, Green, 1959.
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Education Margaret Forster
She found Girton unexpectedly ugly, vast and chilling and gloomy.
Forster, Margaret. Hidden Lives. Viking, 1995.
233
It felt like a prison, whereas Somerville was merely disappointingly modern-looking but at least quite unthreatening.
Forster, Margaret. Hidden Lives. Viking, 1995.
234
Her interview with the Principal, Dame Janet Vaughan
Employer Dora Marsden
By this time Marsden was earning an annual salary of £108. She resigned from the Union after one of its central committees (which included Christabel Pankhurst , Emmeline Pankhurst , and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence ) refused...
Family and Intimate relationships Emmeline Pankhurst
By 1913, EP had moved to live with composer Ethel Smyth at her cottage in Woking. The latter hints at a sexual relationship in her book Female Pipings in Eden and suggests that this...
Family and Intimate relationships Emmeline Pankhurst
She intended to spearhead a campaign to provide a better start in life for the illegitimate children of soldiers and reluctant mothers. (Ethel Smyth tried to dissuade her, took it philosophically when she was...
Family and Intimate relationships Sylvia Pankhurst
SP was officially expelled from the WSPU for her socialist activities, an exclusion which she fought in various ways; this cemented her split from her mother and sister .
Winslow, Barbara, and Sheila Rowbotham. Sylvia Pankhurst: Sexual Politics and Political Activism. UCL Press, 1996.
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Family and Intimate relationships Sylvia Pankhurst
SP 's mother was the famous suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst . She was twenty years younger than her husband, and joined in his enthusiastic political campaigns before becoming involved in politics on her own. Sylvia always...
Family and Intimate relationships Sylvia Pankhurst
SP had a serious falling-out with her mother and her elder sister Christabel when they supported Britain's military efforts during the First World War. Her views on socialism and feminism, which diverged considerably from her...
Family and Intimate relationships Dorothy Richardson
DR began a close friendship with Veronica Leslie-Jones , a militant suffragette and friend of the PankhurstsChristabel PankhurstSylvia Pankhurst ; this introduction was the most significant result for her of participating in the Arachne Club .
Fromm, Gloria G. Dorothy Richardson: A Biography. University of Illinois Press, 1977.
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Winning, Joanne. The Pilgrimage of Dorothy Richardson. University of Wisconsin Press, 2000.
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Family and Intimate relationships Emmeline Pankhurst
EP 's husband, Richard Pankhurst , died suddenly from perforated stomach ulcers while she and her daughter Christabel were visiting Geneva.
Pankhurst, Sylvia. The Life of Emmeline Pankhurst. Kraus Reprint, 1969.
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Mitchell, David J. The Fighting Pankhursts: A Study in Tenacity. MacMillan, 1967.
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Family and Intimate relationships Emmeline Pankhurst
EP gave birth to five children in all, four of them within five years. The two eldest, Christabel Harriette (born in September 1880) and Estelle Sylvia (born in May 1882), became, like their mother, high-profile...
Friends, Associates Evelyn Sharp
She became a close friend of Dr Louisa Garrett Anderson , of Hertha Ayrton , physicist and suffragist, and of Ayrton's daughter, Barbara Gould . These two women, mother and daughter, embodied a thread linking...
Friends, Associates Mary Gawthorpe
During her time with the WSPU, MG worked with Christabel Pankhurst (who was twenty-four when Gawthorpe first met her, before she had yet met Isabella Ford ), whom, like Ethel Snowden , she knew from...
Friends, Associates Constance Lytton
From two days after her stroke until September 1918 she had the joy of a perfect nurse,Nurse Oram .
Lytton, Constance. Letters of Constance Lytton. Elizabeth Edith, Countess of Balfour,Editor , Heinemann, 1925.
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That summer CL realised that we loved each other, and no mistake. From that...

Timeline

1866
The Royal Society of Arts established a scheme (believed to be the first in the world) for setting up commemorative plaques on buildings associated with famous people.
Quinn, Ben. “Plaque blues. Cuts hit heritage scheme”. Guardian Weekly, p. 16.
11 December 1906
Millicent Garrett Fawcett gave a banquet at the Savoy Hotel in London to celebrate the release from Holloway Prison of suffragists arrested on 23 October.
27 June 1907
The Women's Franchise began weekly publication in London; it featured contributions from major societies within the suffrage movement and from individuals.
October 1907
Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst and Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , wanting to maintain control over the Women's Social and Political Union agenda, removed by fiat dissident members of the executive and cancelled the forthcoming annual conference.
21 June 1908
The Women's Social and Political Union organised a Woman's Sunday which involved (according to the Times estimate) between 250,000 and 500,000 people, mostly women. The WSPU called it Britain's largest-ever political meeting.
27 July 1911
The Women's Franchise, which featured contributions from major societies within the suffrage movement and from individuals, ceased publication in London.
Earlier 1913
The Report of the Royal Commission on Venereal Diseases was published.
9 October 1915
Christabel Pankhurst , Emmeline Pankhurst , Flora Drummond , and Annie Kenney edited the first issue of Britannia, a weekly suffragette periodical and organ of the Women's Social and Political Union formerly known as The Suffragette.
20 December 1918
Britannia, a suffragette magazine which had opted to support Britain's military efforts during the First World War, ended publication in London.
July 1945
Journalist Barbara Castle was elected a Labour member of the British Parliament , where she served for thirty-four years.
15 October 1964
The Labour Party came to precarious power in the general election by a majority of four seats; next day Harold Wilson became Prime Minister.
14 July 2006
The Bow Street Magistrates Court , one of London's most famous courts, closed after dispensing justice for 267 years.