Today it's exactly 104 years since Emily Davison died for women's right to vote

Bridie Pearson-Jones
Thursday 08 June 2017 13:45
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Today marks exactly 104 years since suffragette Emily Wilding Davison died protesting the right to vote.

Davison died on June 8 1913, four days after she was injured from throwing herself under King George V's horse at the Epsom racecourse.

Historians believe she was attempting to attach a 'Votes for Women' banner to the horse, but accidentally got caught and crushed by the horse.

Thousands on people marched on London on June 14 for her funeral.

She joined the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1906 aged 34, and quickly became well-known for her militant politics.

​Davison was well known in the suffrage movement for her extremist tactics, which got her arrested nine times. She was arrested for burning post boxes and causing public disturbance.

In 1909, Davison was sentenced to a month's hard labour for throwing stones at a carriage transporting David Lloyd George.

While in prison, she was force-fed 49 times as a result of going on hunger strike.

Women over the age of 30 were eventually given the vote in 1918 under the Representation of the People Act. Women later received the vote on the same terms as men in 1928.

Nancy Astor was the first female MP to take her seat in parliament in 1919.

More: A map of all the places you can't vote for a woman on election day

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