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Emmeline Pankhurst

  • We have taken this action, because as women ... we realize that the condition of our sex is so deplorable that it is our duty even to break the law in order to call attention to the reasons why we do so.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • speech ()
  • We woman suffragists have a great mission — the greatest mission the world has ever known. It is to free half the human race, and through that freedom to save the rest.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • speech, "I Incite This Meeting to Rebellion" ()
  • Those men and women are fortunate who are born at a time when a great struggle for human freedom is in progress.

  • I was transfixed with horror, and over me there swept the sudden conviction that that hanging was a mistake — worse, a crime. It was my awakening to one of the most terrible facts of life — that justice and judgment lie often a world apart.

  • I am what you call a hooligan ...

  • There is something that governments care far more for than human life, and that is the security of property ...

  • The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • in George Dangerfield, The Strange Death of Liberal England ()
  • If men will not do us justice, they shall do us violence.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • in Sylvia Pankhurst, The Life of Emmeline Pankhurst ()
  • ... a defiant deed has greater value than unnumerable thousands of words ...

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • 1913, in Christabel Pankhurst, Unshackled ()
  • [To the heckler who said, 'If you were my wife I'd poison you':] No, you wouldn't. I'd do it myself.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • 1909, in David Mitchell, The Fighting Pankhursts ()
  • You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under, if you are really going to get your reform realized.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Trust in God: She will provide.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it.

  • Deeds, not words, was to be our permanent motto.

  • We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.

  • How different the reasoning is that men adopt when they are discussing the cases of men and those of women.

    • Emmeline Pankhurst,
    • speech ()

Emmeline Pankhurst, English suffragist, founder of Women's Social and Political Union

(1858 - 1928)

Full name: Emmeline Goulden Pankhurst.