• Suffragettes

Town hall commemoration proposed for Liverpool’s suffragettes

Plans to commemorate the women of Liverpool’s suffragette movement will be discussed by the council’s Culture, Tourism & Events Select Committee next week.

A motion brought by local councillors is calling for a blue plaque to be erected in Liverpool Town Hall to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which gave the vote to tax-paying women over the age of 30.

Green Party councillors Anna Key, Tom Crone, Lawrence Brown and Sarah Jennings also want Culture Liverpool to arrange a series of events to honour the centenary and to highlight the issue of “modern gender inequality”.

The motion, which will be considered at the town hall next Tuesday (16 January), reads: “This committee acknowledges the extraordinary bravery of suffragettes who fought for equal rights for women.

“Committee especially recognises the heroism and bravery of Liverpool suffragettes who fought for the right to vote. Their radical tactics meant that some women faced imprisonment in Walton Gaol, where many were brutally treated and force-fed.”

The force-feeding of two Liverpool suffragettes in 1910 in particular has been described as “one of the more barbarous episodes” of the campaign for women’s suffrage.

Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) members Selina Martin and Leslie Hall were subjected to the then-illegal practice after refusing food whilst on remand at Walton Goal.

The pair had been arrested for demonstrating during the Liverpool visit of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith.

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