30 Things To Learn From Badass Historical Moms

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Militant women, concerned mothers

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Emmeline Pankhurst, we salute you. This lady not only somehow found and married a man who respected her rather astonishingly progressive attitudes about women’s place in the world in 1879, but she went on to support his work as he wrote the Married Women’s Property Acts. These were the first pieces of legislation that allowed women to own and keep property both before and after their marriages. Once he died, Emmeline kept up the workload on her own. While raising their children she founded two women rights focused groups, the second of which became known for their rather aggressive tactics.

These women, which would later include her two daughters, went on hunger strikes, got themselves frequently arrested, and resorted to arson when they felt they weren’t being heard. Despite that (or maybe because of it) the movement was successful. First married women over the age of thirty were granted the vote. Then, at age 21, women were granted equal voting rights as men.

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