15 February 2017

Faces of LGBT History Month: Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst (née Goulden; 1858-1928) was one of the most influential leaders of the British suffragette movement; in later life she also had an intimate relationship lesbian composer Ethel Smyth. "Smyth’s and Pankhurst’s relationship raises central questions about bisexual and feminist history: do we need direct evidence of sexual relations between women – of which there is none regarding Smyth and Pankhurst – to include a woman like Pankhurst within bisexual history?" said Dr Jana Funke of the University of Exeter.

A factsheet giving a wealth of detail about Emmeline Pankhurst's life and achievements can be found here.