To search this special newspaper collection, you can search by year, month, or newspaper title (either The Suffragette or Britannia). The collection holds newspapers from 1912 until 1918. The Suffragette, and then later Britannia, was edited by Christabel Pankhurst and was the official organ of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). The WSPU was formed in 1903 by the Pankhurst family and became known for its emphasis on militant action and its motto: ‘Deeds not Words’. In 1915, the newspaper title changed its name to reflect the WSPU’s patriotic ideals and was used to campaign for the war effort while retaining a focus on women’s issues.
With each issue, you will discover the efforts by the WSPU towards women’s suffrage and in support of the Allies and the First World War. In the early years of the newspaper, before the Pankhursts vowed to set aside their militant actions to support the war, the articles told of the violent and disruptive actions of the suffragettes. The paper also featured articles on a range of topics affecting the women of Britain.
To search the newspaper by name, you can search the Suffragette collection available in the Useful links and resources. Or you can search Findmypast’s full collection of British newspapers to discover more about the history of the suffrage movement.