Christabel Pankhurst

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Christabel Pankhurst, 1912

Christabel Harriette Pankhurst [ ˈpæŋkhɜːst ] (born September 22, 1880 in Manchester , † February 13, 1958 in Los Angeles , USA ) was a British suffragette . She campaigned, sometimes with radical means, for women's rights .


The daughter of lawyer Richard Pankhurst and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst , she had four siblings, including Sylvia Pankhurst (also an activist). Her mother was a leader in the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), and Christabel soon became a helping hand.

After a first arrest in 1905, triggered by a verbal attack, Pankhurst became increasingly radical in the fight for women's rights. Pankhurst campaigned emphatically for statutory women's suffrage , for example in the run-up to the elections in 1909. Among contemporaries, it was considered controversial and was often subject to ridicule. To avoid further arrests, she lived in Paris between 1912 and 1913 .


  • Christabel Pankhurst: Pressing Problems of the Closing Age. Morgan & Scott Ltd., 1924
  • Christabel Pankhurst: The World's Unrest: Visions of the Dawn. Morgan & Scott Ltd., 1926
  • Melanie Phillips: The Ascent of Woman - A History of the Suffragette Movement and the ideas behind it. Time Warner Book Group, London 2003, ISBN 0-349-11660-1

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