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The term 'suffragette' was coined by the British press in 1906. It was used to distinguish the militant WSPU from other suffragist movements. The NUWSS and their supporters made no progress. In October 1903 one campaigner, Emmeline Pankhurst, broke away and, with her three daughters, founded The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Their motto was “Deeds not Words.”
In 1905 their protests became violent. They committed acts of arson and vandalism. When imprisoned, their members went on hunger strikes. One, Emily Davison, died after jumping out of the crowd in front of King George V’s racehorse during the running of the Epsom Derby in June, 1913.
The official colors of WSPU were declared and explained in the spring of 1908. They were purple (dignity), white (purity) and green (hope). Hundreds of protestors, wearing those colors, would march behind similarly colored banners. In 1910, over 300 suffragettes marched to Parliament. The police response was so brutal that the movement termed the day “Black Friday.”
Those three colors were never a secret. They were used frequently in newspaper cartoons and on postcards – by supporters and opponents alike. The colors were never announced as green, white and violet. The universal phrase at the time was “Votes for Women” not “Give Women Votes.”
Essentially many items of suffragette jewellery were just coincidently linked to the movement.
I think it is a shame really I like the idea of women quietly protesting with fabulous jewels. To that end I have handmade this beautiful sterling silver necklace using Swarovski 'pearls', crystals in purple, greens, white and moonstone beads. Measuring approx 18 inches or 46 cm all findings are sterling silver and the necklace is secured with a lobster claw clasp.
Sister Suffragette Sterling Silver Necklace Purple Green and White Crystal and Pearl Pankhurst Dignity Purity Hope
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