'Bold bad ones' in stitches: WSPU suffragettes' embroidery sewn in and about Holloway prison, 1910-1912

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Abstract

From the middle of the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, British women fought valiantly for the right to vote. They circulated petitions, disrupted speeches, chained themselves to fences, defaced public and private property, set fires, threw stones, broke windows and detonated bombs. These militant civil disobedient acts landed many suffragettes in jail. Who were these women? In this chapter, I focus on five needlework signature pieces embroidered by ordinary women in a formidable fight and under extraordinary circumstances in and about Holloway Prison, London. These women stitched under the harshest of conditions to leave a memorial of the great battles they endured to secure the vote for all women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRebellious Writing
Subtitle of host publicationContesting Marginalisation in Edwardian Britain
PublisherPeter Lang AG
Pages95-125
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781789972948
ISBN (Print)9781789972917
StatePublished - Oct 13 2020

Keywords

  • Holloway Prison
  • Needlework
  • Suffragettes
  • Votes for women
  • WSPU

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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