We’re going for a blast from the past this week. Emmeline Pankhurst has a very special place in my heart; she’s the reason why I’ll be able to vote come the next election because she was a prominent member of the suffragette movement in the UK which succeeded in giving women the right to vote in 1918. I always use her name when people ask me for my middle name, because I’ve just never clicked with my ‘true’ middle name, which isn’t too far removed from Emmeline anyway.
My littlest sister actually caught me writing this, and insisted upon me including this song about the suffragette movement from Horrible Histories, a show she adores which makes a change since it actually teaches her something rather than maiming her brain as Spongebob Squarepants has been accused of in recent weeks. I know for a fact that I knew pretty much nothing about the suffragettes when I was her age, so good on Horibble Histories:
Well, that’s most of the hard work done for me when it comes to explaining what the suffragettes were fighting for. There’s a statue of Emmeline just around the corner from the Houses of Parliament these days, and she’s been voted as one of the most important people of the 20th century. Albeit not as important as Diana according the BBC’s voted for list of the 100 Greatest Britons, which places Diana at #3 and Emmeline at #27.
Since it’s late for me here in Blightly because I make the mistake of swanning off to work before I finished this post, let’s crack on with the names of her children with husband Richard Pankhurst; of which all three of her daughters also got involved with the suffragette movement:
Estelle Sylvia, known as Sylvia
Adela Constantia Mary
The last son is named in honour of the first son who had passed away prior to his birth. Overall, I could see this sibset easily being re-created by the modern mamma, and there’s a nice ‘el’ theme running with the girls names that isn’t immediately obvious.