Why did the campaign move to London in 1906?
Moving the campaign to the streets of London made the WSPU more visible. It also meant they could hold major events that attracted lots of people and publicity.
This paper napkin is printed with a programme for Women’s Sunday on 21 June 1908. This was the first big event organised by the WSPU. The centre of the napkin shows the route of the seven marches through London meeting in Hyde Park. Around the centre are portraits of the main speakers and the Suffragette leaders.
Napkins like this were produced for all large public events in London from the early- to mid-20th century. They would have been sold for about one penny by street traders lining the route of the event. The fact that one was made for this event shows the impact of Women’s Sunday on London life.
The Women’s Sunday procession included over 700 banners and attracted a crowd of up to 300,000 people.
- Why did the campaign move to London in 1906? (this page)
- Why did the Suffragettes chain themselves to the railings of government buildings?
- Violence and disruption
- Suffragettes in prison
- Hunger strikes
- Further information
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