WSPU was founded in Manchester in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. Along with the more conservative National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), founded in 1897, the WSPU sought votes for women in a country that had expressly denied women suffrage in 1832.
Similarly, who led the Wspu?
Who were the key members of the Wspu?
Profiling the key members of the British women's suffrage movement.
- Emmeline Pankhurst. Credit: Getty Images.
- Christabel Pankhurst. Credit: Getty Images.
- Sylvia Pankhurst. Credit: Getty Images.
- Emily Wilding Davison. Credit: Getty Images.
- Lydia Becker. Credit: Getty Images.
- Flora Drummond.
- Millicent Fawcett.
- Edith Margaret Garrud.
How many people were in Wspu?
There were certainly more suffragist members of the NUWSS than militant members of the WSPU. By the outbreak of the First World War, the NUWSS had 50,000 members, but estimates on membership numbers for the WSPU vary massively from between 2,000 to 5,000.
What were the suffragettes fighting for?
The suffragettes were women who campaigned for the right to vote through controversial and sometimes violent protests. A Daily Mail journalist first used the term to mock members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Emmeline Pankhurst was the leader of the WSPU, a group set up in 1903 to fight for votes.