Suffragettes100: See our interactive timeline of how women got the vote

PUBLISHED: 15:00 03 February 2018

Police officers arrest a suffragette. Picture: PA

Police officers arrest a suffragette. Picture: PA

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To mark the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote on Tuesday, next week’s paper will be a special women’s edition. 
Today, we’re proud to present an interactive timeline of events as they unfolded 100 years ago.

The move for women to have the vote really started in 1897, when Millicent Fawcett founded the National Union of Women’s Suffrage, an organisation of women’s suffrage societies.

They vocalised that if women had to obey laws made by parliament, then they should be part of the process in making them, but politicians at the time did not believe women would understand how politics works.

Angered by this, Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia knew further action had to be taken, so set up the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903, which later became better known as the Suffragettes.

From chaining themselves to Buckingham Palace and going on hunger strikes in prison, to Emily Davison who died after throwing herself under the King’s horse at the June 1913 Derby, for the next 15 years, the suffragettes truly fought for their rights.

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