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Emily Davison: Suffragette Died 104 Years Ago For Women’s Right To Vote

'Use your hard-won vote.'

08/06/2017 15:59 | Updated 08 June 2017

Emily Wilding Davison was a prominent suffragette who died exactly 104 years ago after being crushed under the hooves of the king’s horse at Epson Derby.

King George V and Queen Mary witnessed the incident from the Royal Box.

Debate still rages over whether the 40-year-old meant to take her own life or whether she was simply trying to pin a banner calling for women to have the vote on the horse.

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Emily Davison, a few days before her fatal attempt to stop the King's horse on Derby Day to draw attention to the women's suffragette movement 

In her pocket Davison had a return train ticket and a ticket to a dance that night. She died in hospital four days later on 8 June 1913 after suffering a fractured skull and internal bleeding.

Davison was known for her extreme campaigning tactics and had been arrested nine times, including once for throwing stones at a carriage transporting chancellor David Lloyd George.

While jailed at Manchester’s Strangeways Prison, Davison went on hunger strike, resisting force-feeding by guards.

On election day 2017, men and women have been paying tribute to Davison and her fight to advance women’s rights.  

In 1918 women who were over 30 and met certain property requirements were given the vote, but it was only in 1928 that women were granted the vote on the same terms as men.

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Suffragettes stand with the coffin of their fellow campaigner Emily Davison at Victoria Station in 1913
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