Thursday, November 19, 2009
Emmeline Pankhurst's major belief was that women were equal to men. Therefore, women women have as much a right to vote and participate in government as men do. She believed that simply asking for progress was not enough, and that serious actions needed to be taken to achieve the awareness of the government. In 1903, the same year that Emmeline Pankhurst founded a group called the Women's Social and Political Union, the women’s suffrage movement turned militant. The movement for women's rights became violent and aggressive. They began to march on the streets, smash windows, destroy property, and established the policy of hunger strikes when arrested.