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"Were the suffragettes terrorists?"

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Suffragettes used a wide variety of methods to force politicians to embrace their cause of votes for women, including arson attacks on post boxes and bombing the chancellor's house.

Here, two historians say whether they should be judged today as terrorists.


Suffragettes are seen as selfless today but in the early 1900s they were regarded as terrorists, historian Simon Webb writes.

Even the mildest criticism of the suffragettes makes many people feel uneasy.

The image which we have of them today is that of selfless and patient women, enduring imprisonment, hunger strikes and the horror of force-feeding in pursuit of what was surely a just cause - that of equality of rights between men and women.

Their weapons were, we have been led to suppose, those of passive resistance and peaceful protest, rather than violence against others.

The worst they might have done is break windows or chain themselves to railings.

This popular perception is quite false; the suffragette movement was actually a terrorist organisation.

In the years leading up to the First World War, the suffragettes conducted a ferocious and prolonged bombing campaign across the whole of the United Kingdom; planting improvised explosive devices (or IEDs) in places as varied as Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral, the Bank of England, the National Gallery, railway stations and many other locations.

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