The Hidden History of the Radical Suffragette Bodyguards

Suffrajitsu author Tony Wolf will be offering this live online lecture and presentation via the Atlas Obscura’s Online Experiences program on October 21, 2020:

Established during the volatile summer of 1913, at the height of increasingly militant suffragette activism and of repression by the police and government, the outlaw bodyguard team was nicknamed “Mrs. Pankhurst’s Amazons.” They employed disguise and deception tactics as well as hand-to-hand combat when necessary to protect their leaders against assault and arrest, such as during the infamous “Battle of Glasgow,” when they brawled with a much larger contingent of police constables and detectives in front of a shocked audience of 4,500 people.

Our presentation will include a slideshow of rare archival photographs and documentary film reenactment footage as well as a question and answer session.

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