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Emily Wilding Davison

06/08/2013

Today is the 100th anniversary of the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, four days after she stepped into the path of the King’s horse at the Derby and was knocked unconscious. 5000 suffragettes attended her funeral in London, and Davison’s death remains an iconic moment in the history of women’s struggle for equality in this country. The Women’s Library, recently saved from closure and now part of LSE, has an interesting online exhibition of items relating to Davison:

http://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/exhibitions/emily-wilding-davison-centenary

For an interesting take on Davison and her actions, in this article Germaine Greer

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10089541/Emily-Davison-was-she-really-a-suffragette-martyr.html

argues Davison should not be regarded as a martyr for the suffragette cause “… exaltation as a suffragette martyr is more superstitious than rational. A woman’s urge to self-sacrifice should not be celebrated, but resisted as destructive and irrational.”

[Thank you to the Women’s Library for the photograph, taken from their exhibition].

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