Name/TitleThe Life of Emily Davison: An Outline
EditionFirst and only
About this objectSmall paperback book titled 'The Life of Emily Davison: An Outline' by G. Colmore, author of 'Suffragette Sally'. Includes a photograph of Emily Davison inside the cover and a short piece titled 'Thirteen reasons why you should join and subscribe to the Women's Social and Political Union' at the end. Inserted in the book are two items:
- In Memoriam leaflet published by Philp & Sons, London
- Cutting from The Suffragette, dated June 12, 1914, which includes a small entry titled 'The Memorial Service' and a long article containing passages from the sermon delivered by the Rev. Canon Todd at St George's, Bloomsbury Square, on 6th June 1914 at a Memorial Service in commemoration of the death of Emily Wilding Davison.
Fully digitised (65 pages)
Medium and MaterialsOrganic, paper
MeasurementsH: 183 x W: 107 x D: 7 mm (book)
Place MadeEngland, London
Place NotesThe Woman's Press, Lincoln's Inn House, Kingsway, W.C.
PublisherThe Woman's Press
Publication PlaceEngland, London
Subject and Association Descriptionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Baillie-Weaver:
Gertrude Baillie-Weaver born Gertrude Renton published as Gertrude Colmore (8 June 1855 – 26 November 1926) was a writer and suffragist. She co-founded the National Council for Animals' Welfare and wrote in support of animal and human rights. Her books about Suffragette Sally and Emily Wilding Davison were republished in the 1980s.
Emily Wilding Davison (11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913) was an English suffragette who fought for votes for women in Britain in the early twentieth century. A member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) and a militant fighter for her cause, she was arrested on nine occasions, went on hunger strike seven times and was force-fed on forty-nine occasions. She died after being hit by King George V's horse Anmer at the 1913 Derby when she walked onto the track during the race.
Davison grew up in a middle-class family, and studied at Royal Holloway College, London, and St Hugh's College, Oxford, before taking jobs as a teacher and governess. She joined the WSPU in November 1906 and became an officer of the organisation and a chief steward during marches. She soon became known in the organisation for her daring militant action; her tactics included breaking windows, throwing stones, setting fire to postboxes, planting bombs and, on three occasions, hiding overnight in the Palace of Westminster—including on the night of the 1911 census. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the WSPU. A procession of 5,000 suffragettes and their supporters accompanied her coffin and 50,000 people lined the route through London; her coffin was then taken by train to the family plot in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Davison was a staunch feminist and passionate Christian, and considered that socialism was a moral and political force for good. Much of her life has been interpreted through the manner of her death. She gave no prior explanation for what she planned to do at the Derby and the uncertainty of her motives and intentions has affected how she has been judged by history. Several theories have been put forward, including accident, suicide, or an attempt to pin a suffragette banner to the king's horse.
Subject and Association KeywordsWomen's suffrage
Subject and Association KeywordsPolitical activism
Subject and Association KeywordsSuffragettes
Named CollectionGlasgow Women's Library
Copyright LicenceAll rights reserved