Who Do You Think Was The Most Interesting Figure (Male Or Female) In The British Women's Suffrage Movement 1866 1914 And Why?

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It is a hard thing to categorically state who would be the most interesting figure in the British women's suffrage movement within this time period, as there were many who had great influence on the events of this time. The militant actions of the Pankhurst ladies make them an enduring symbol of the movement that lives on in today's memory and immediately spring to mind when the discussion of women's suffrage arises. Another is the first suffragette martyr, Emily Wilding Davidson, who went to the Derby, rushed out on to the racecourse, grabbed the reins of the King's horse and tried to stop the race and who died of head injuries from this act. This incident also lingers in the public memory, long after the event. However, John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was an interesting figure in the British suffrage movement in the period between 1866 and 1914. He was born in London on May 20, 1806, and was the eldest of son of James Mill. He died near Avignon, France on the 8th of May 1873. He was influenced by his fathers' teachings, by the women in his life and events before 1866 influenced the path he took on the road for women to gain the vote. Mill, although not one of the publicly better known names of the suffrage movement, such as the Pankhursts or Emily Davidson, made a huge contribution to the early emergence of the movement for women's rights and his membership of parliament and his efforts for women's equality started in motion active petitioning by women for their voice in politics. It will be shown in this essay how those who were closest in his life played a large part in moulding him into the person he was and how his fathers views versus the thoughts of the woman he loved, gave him a balanced outlook of life and the way things ought to be in a civilised and democratic society. It will be concluded that although not one of the major known militant figures of the suffrage movement, outside of academic circles, his work, writings and influence played a large part in pushing forward the cause of women's emancipation in the mid to late nineteenth-century even though he would not see the goal of women gaining the vote within his lifetime and barely within living memory of the generation to follow him.Before 1866, from around the mid 1820s, there had been stirrings in the feminist emancipation movement. Started in essence, with the book 'Appeal of One-half of the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery' written by William Thompson and Anna Wheeler, utilitarians and Owenite socialists. This book, written by Thompson, but dedicated to the thoughts and theories of Wheeler, was one of the first books that put on paper ideals for radical feminist thought. John Stuart Mill, who married Harriet Taylor in 1851 , would later go on to write his books, dedicated entirely to 'Mrs Mill', mirroring the way in which Thompson was influenced by a major female in his life....

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