Sunday, October 11, 2015

Emily's Birthday

I stumbled across this a week or two ago.  Another little historical tidbit I had no idea about.  Seems kinda important actually, especially considering we're in the middle of our National Save The Ta-Tas Festival.  I figured since we're gonna spend 8.5% of our year trying to give a fuck about 51% of our population (which makes up 100% of our moms wives and daughters), maybe I could make some tiny effort to learn something about and appreciate one whole person.

So here ya go:

...militant activist who fought for women's suffrage in Britain. She was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times.[1] She stepped in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derbyon 4 June 1913, suffering fatal injuries. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). Thousands of suffragettes accompanied the coffin and tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London. After a service in Bloomsbury, her coffin was taken by train to the family grave in Morpeth, Northumberland.[2]
Modern historians agree that Davison was trying to disturb the Derby to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide,[3][4] and 2013 analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the bridle of the King's horse. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that her position before she stepped out onto the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out in a haphazard way to kill herself.[5]

I guess I just love tough gutsy people.

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