#On This Day – Pockets

Monday, July 15th, 2019

#OnThis Day

Emmeline Pankhurst was born on 15 July 1858 in Moss Side, Manchester. Emmeline, whose parents were both politically active themselves, went on to become involved with the Women’s Franchise League, before founding the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903. Members of the WSPU participated in hunger strikes, smashed windows, and carried out physical confrontations in an effort to promote female suffrage. Finally, in 1918, women, over the age of 30, were granted the right to vote.

But did you know that women’s suffrage is also connected to beer pockets, Moby-Dick, 1950’s American pop culture, and The Rational Dress Society?

Check out our podcast on the unexpected history of pockets!

 

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