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Why suffragettes should not be pardoned says prominent pro-women activist

Suffragettes demonstrating in London’s Hyde Park

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to issue a pardon to suffragettes and issue an apology to the women who fought for voting rights.

"They [the anti-suffrage movement] used this assumption that colonial subjects were very patriarchal themselves and they wouldn't like it if women had the vote in Britain", says Dr Mukherjee.

The Prime Minister was applauded after she urged women not to feel like they have to conform to a "stereotype" of a male politician to get ahead.

"As a country, we must recognize and honour the enormous contribution and sacrifice made by women who campaigned for the right to vote".

The word feminism was the most looked up word on Merriam Webster in 2017, which shows just how far were coming as a society.

It is hard to think of a more inappropriate way to mark that moment than by the government reaching back into the past and taking away from the suffragettes their ability to use the law to highlight the injustice that they were fighting.

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Today, we are celebrating the right of women to vote, to have a say in their society's future.

At least the suffragists and suffragettes were united in their ultimate goal.

But according to Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of celebrated Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, their peaceful campaign should not be forgotten.

It was 100 years ago that women were given the right to vote for the first time - albeit dependent on them having to fulfil certain criteria, such as being older than 30 and being a property owner, or married to one. "She'd been Empress of the British Empire and most subjects hadn't kicked up a fuss about having an empress so why would they kick up a fuss about British women having a vote?"

Today Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Good Morning Britain: 'They were perceived as criminals at the time, and it is hard to underestimate the bad violence that they suffered.

They won't have done it for thanks or praise but that doesn't mean they don't deserve it.

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She added: "I think there is something different about them but I'm just pointing out, unfortunately, the practical reality of bypassing the law in this way, but as I said, I would like to take a look at individual proposals to see what can be done".

She was released three days later, but when she inspired other suffragettes to do the same, it led to the introduction of forcible feeding.

ALTHOUGH most of us are only too grateful for the chance to vote in political elections, millions still pass up on the opportunity to have a say in how our country is run.

Sylvia was horrified that Emmeline and her favourite daughter Christabel joined the white feather movement, which aimed to shame men into enlisting in the army, and instead opposed the Great War, continuing to campaign for suffrage when the WSPU changed direction during the war years.

Derby Day in 1913 marked a significant moment in the movement when Emily Davison threw herself in front of King George V's horse and was trampled to death, becoming a martyr.

She said attitudes were also changing among men, particularly those who would have previously dismissed "feminist" arguments.

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