These resources and text relate to a medal awarded to Frances Parker by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU.) A New Zealander Parker became a prominent suffragette activist for female emancipation in Britain. Resources have been sourced and collated from DigitalNZ and other websites.
Source: Te Papa: https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/1523371. Accessed 01/08/2018
Unlike in New Zealand, the British suffrage movement’s struggle to get the vote was lengthy and at times dramatic and violent. Many suffrage activists were arrested and imprisoned.
Once imprisoned some activists refused to eat as a way to call attention to their political cause. In return the government carried out degrading and brutal attempts to feed these hunger strikers. Called forcible-feeding it involved holding the imprisoned suffragette down while a doctor fed her liquids through a rubber tube.
The medal is a testament to these actions and was awarded to Parker while she was imprisoned. The obverse is engraved with the words 'Hunger Strike', and the reverse features the following inscriptions: 'Fed by Force 4/3/12', 'Fed by Force 8/7/14'.
“We are fighting for a revolution!’ wrote Christabel Pankhurst in 1913. British suffragettes smashed windows, heckled public speakers, burned down houses, churches and pavilions, defaced artworks and cut telephone wires. Winston Churchill was even attacked with a horse whip by a suffragette.
Cat and mouse — force-feeding the suffragettes.
Cat and mouse — the story of 4 Scottish suffragettes imprisoned in Perth prison.
Frances Parker — how Frances Parker fought for women's suffrage in Britain and women's marches today.
Marking Suffrage Day — remembering Frances Parker.
Meet the Suffragettes — the original media-disruptors.
The Suffragettes— pictures of the British suffragettes in colour.
Who was Frances Parker?— discover more about suffragette Frances Parker .
Why do medals make people happy?— medals and honours don't make people richer, but they do make them happier
How was the movement to win voting rights (suffrage) like a battle?
What are medals for?
What is conflict good for?
He aha te tikanga o te tuku mētara?
What is your fertile question?