Discover the incredible history of the Suffragettes

Discover the incredible history of the Suffragettes

The Votes for Women campaign was hard fought and dearly won, thanks to the unfaltering efforts of some of the bravest - and most determined - women in our history. Were your ancestors among them?

A long battle

A long battle
Emmeline Pankhurst being carried away by Superintendent Rolfe

Over a hundred years ago, a courageous group of British women came together and risked everything in the fight for equality and the vote. 

These women stood up against centuries of preconceptions and a largely hostile establishment, with which they entered a dangerous game of cat and mouse. The increasingly brutal state thought nothing of deploying even violent tactics to keep them in check, including the horrors of force-feeding in prison.

The Suffragettes were passionate, determined people who had seen peaceful protest achieve little. Radicalisation became route to change, and they were willing to give up anything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their freedom and their lives.

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Start building your family tree today!

Start building your family tree today!

It's so easy to start building your tree. Remember it starts with you, so to begin, simply enter your details, then add as much information as you can about the rest of your family. Then get exploring to discover more!

Findmypast TV show: The Suffragettes

Findmypast TV show: The Suffragettes

In this emotional episode, Philippa Bilton, Katy Arnander and Matt Jopling discover how their ancestors were linked to suffragette Emily Davison's tragic death at Epsom racecourse in 1913.

The good aristocrat, Lady Constance Lytton

The good aristocrat, Lady Constance Lytton

As the suffragettes fought for their vote, one noblewoman’s brave action exposed the awful injustice of the police who persecuted women – but most especially the poor.

Life in the Past Lane: The mad slogans of the anti-suffrage movement

Life in the Past Lane: The mad slogans of the anti-suffrage movement

When the status quo was threatened, to which arguments did its chauvinist defenders resort? Well some pretty darn absurd ones, it turns out.

The original Jiu Jitsu suffragette! How Edith Garrud high-kicked some sense into parliament

The original Jiu Jitsu suffragette! How Edith Garrud high-kicked some sense into parliament

We’ve all heard of Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Davison. But let’s take a pause to remember a few of the less famous people who – literally – fought for the right to tick the ballot box…

Discover the history of your house in Electoral Registers

Discover the history of your house in Electoral Registers

The Electoral Registers provide an amazing means of finding out more about the people who lived in your home before you. We used Sally Lunn’s historical eating house in Bath as an example to demonstrate just how much you can discover...

Why are the Electoral Registers important for me?

Why are the Electoral Registers important for me?

Previously, when researching your family history you would need an address in order to find your ancestor in the register for that constituency. Today, we can search by name across thousands of places to discover your ancestors.

6 life lessons from the women’s suffrage movement

6 life lessons from the women’s suffrage movement

What's the point in history if you're not learning from it? The Electoral Registers span the incredible period of the Suffragette movement, and we've gleaned some valuable wisdom from those critical events...

Suffragettes and civil disobedience in the 1911 census

Suffragettes and civil disobedience in the 1911 census

121 years ago today, Women in New Zealand become the first women in the modern world to receive the right to vote. But for women in England, years of struggle lay ahead.

Sailing suffragettes: Discover Political Heroes in the Passenger Lists

Sailing suffragettes: Discover Political Heroes in the Passenger Lists

121 years ago today, Women in New Zealand become the first women in the modern world to receive the right to vote. But for women in England, years of struggle lay ahead.

Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison’s criminal record

Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison’s criminal record

Two years before her death, Emily was found guilty of placing a ‘dangerous substance likely to injure’ in a Post Office letter box .