On this day in 1917, The Suffragettes or the “Silent Sentinels”, 1st protested outside The White House,in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman’s Party.
The word ‘suffrage’ means having the right to vote in political elections. The Suffragettes campaigned for women to have this right.
In Britain the organisation was led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia at the beginning of the twentieth century.
After peaceful methods of campaigning had failed to bring about any result, the movement became more violent. Women householders over the age of thirty finally gained the vote in 1918.