I would rather be a rebel than a slave.— Emmeline Pankhurst
The most risky Emmeline Pankhurst quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening
We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help free the other half.
You must make women count as much as men;
you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way.
Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it.
They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.
We have to free the half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half.
A defiant deed has greater value than unnumerable thousands of words.
If it is right for men to fight for their freedom, and God knows what the human race would be like today if men had not, since time began, fought for their freedom, then it is right for women to fight for their freedom and the freedom of the children they bear.
...the Government must not think that they can stop this agitation. It will go on...We are here not because we are law-breakers; we are here in out efforts to become law-makers.
The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.
Those men and women are fortunate who are born at a time when a great struggle for human freedom is in progress.
The militancy of men, through all the centuries, has drenched the world with blood. The militancy of women has harmed no human life save the lives of those who fought the battle of righteousness.
Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.
Manchester is a city which has witnessed a great many stirring episodes, especially of a political character. Generally speaking, its citizens have been liberal in their sentiments, defenders of free speech and liberty of opinion.
Governments have always tried to crush reform movements, to destroy ideas, to kill the thing that cannot die. Without regard to history, which shows that no Government have ever succeeded in doing this, they go on trying in the old, senseless way.
There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion.
Those men and women are fortunate who are born at a time when a great struggle for human freedom is in progress. It is an added good fortune to have parents who take a personal part in the great movements of their time. I am glad and thankful that this was my case.
Often I have heard the taunt that suffragists are women who have failed to find any normal outlet for their emotions, and are therefore soured and disappointed beings. This is probably not true of any suffragist, and it is most certainly not true of me. My home life and relations have been as nearly ideal as possible in this imperfect world.
Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it.
...the moving spirit of militancy is deep and abiding reverence for human life.
[To the heckler who said, 'If you were my wife I'd poison you':] No, you wouldn't. I'd do it myself.
Our sons and daughters must be trained in national service, taught to give as well as to receive.
I have not personally suffered from the deprivations, the bitterness and sorrow which bring so many men and women to a realisation of social injustice.
It always seems to me when the anti-suffrage members of the Government criticise militancy in women that it is very like beasts of prey reproaching the gentler animals who turn in desperate resistance when at the point of death.
My childhood was protected by love and a comfortable home.
Yet, while still a very young child, I began instinctively to feel that there was something lacking, even in my own home, some false conception of family relations, some incomplete ideal.
What is the use of fighting for the vote if we do not have a country to vote in? With that patriotism that has nerved women to endure torture in prison for the national good, we ardently desire that our country shall be victorious.
I was fourteen years old when I went to my first suffrage meeting.
Returning from school one day, I met my mother just setting out for the meeting, and I begged her to let me go along.
Better that we should die fighting than be outraged and dishonored.
.. Better to die than to live in slavery.
I want to say to you who think women cannot succeed, we have brought the government of England to this position, that it has to face this alternative: either women are to be killed or women are to have the vote.
How different the reasoning is that men adopt when they are discussing the cases of men and those of women.
...the way to reform has always led through prison.
If men will not do us justice, they shall do us violence.
As long as women consent to be unjustly governed, they will be;
but directly women say: "We withhold our consent," we will not be governed any longer as long as government is unjust.
I thought I had been a suffragist before I became a Poor Law Guardian, but now I began to think about the vote in women's hands not only as a right but as a desperate necessity.
I suppose I had always been an unconscious suffragist.
With my temperament and my surroundings, I could scarcely have been otherwise.
We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.
We woman suffragists have a great mission - the greatest mission the world has ever known. It is to free half the human race, and through that freedom to save the rest.
I had to get a close-hand view of the misery and unhappiness of a man made world, before I reached the point where I could successfully revolt against it.
You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under.
What is the use of fighting for a vote if we have not got a country to vote in?
One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics.
Every principle of liberty enunciated in any civilised country on earth, with very few exceptions, was intended entirely for men, and when women tried to force the putting into practice of these principles, for women, then they discovered they had come into a very, very unpleasant situation indeed.
I am what you call a hooligan-
I have made speeches urging women to adopt methods of rebellion such as have been adopted by men in every revolution.
You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else, in fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under, if you are really going to get your reform realized.
I have never advised the destruction of life, but of property, yes.
The whole argument with the anti-suffragists, or even the critical suffragist man, is this: that you can govern human beings without their consent.
Women had always fought for men, and for their children.
Now they were ready to fight for their own human rights. Our militant movement was established.