The Suffragette

newspaper front page, mostly taken up with a large illustration of an angel with outstretched arms

This special issue of The Suffragette, published by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), was printed the day before Emily Wilding Davison’s momentous funeral in central London. She had sadly died six days earlier after sustaining terrible injuries when she was knocked down by the King’s horse at the 1913 Derby at Epsom. It is believed that she was trying to pin a Suffragette flag to the horse. 

The newspaper is a powerful, emotional statement dedicated to Emily who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause; votes for women. You can see items relating to Liverpool’s campaign to give women the right to vote in the Taking Liberties display at the Museum of Liverpool. 

The tribute on the front reads:

In honour and in loving, reverent memory of Emily Wilding Davison.

She died for women.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Miss Davison, who made a protest at the Derby against the denial of Votes to Women, was knocked down by the King's horse and sustained terrible injuries of which she died on Sunday June 8th 1913.

This newspaper, which is not currently on display, is from the Museum of Liverpool’s social and community history collection.

  • The Suffragette newspaper, No. 35 – Vol 1, Friday 13 June, 1913
  • Edited by Christabel Pankhurst
  • Accession number MMM.1998.14