Who do you think was the most interesting figure (male or female) in the British women's suffrage movement 1866-1914 and why?

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It is a hard thing to categorically state who would be the most interesting figure in the British women's suffrage movement within this time period, as there were many who had great influence on the events of this time. The militant actions of the Pankhurst ladies make them an enduring symbol of the movement that lives on in today's memory and immediately spring to mind when the discussion of women's suffrage arises. Another is the first suffragette martyr, Emily Wilding Davidson, who went to the Derby, rushed out on to the racecourse, grabbed the reins of the King's horse and tried to stop the race and who died of head injuries from this act. This incident also lingers in the public memory, long after the event. However, John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) was an interesting figure in the British suffrage movement in the period between 1866 and 1914. He was born in London on May 20, 1806, and was the eldest of son of James Mill.

He died near Avignon, France on the 8th of May 1873. He was influenced by his fathers' teachings, by the women in his life and events before 1866 influenced the path he took on the road for women to gain the vote. Mill, although not one of the publicly better known names of the suffrage movement, such as the Pankhursts or Emily Davidson, made a huge contribution to the early emergence of the movement for women's rights and his membership of parliament and his efforts for women's equality started in motion active petitioning by women for their voice in politics. It will be shown in this essay how those who were closest in his life played a large part in moulding him into the person he was and how his fathers views versus the thoughts...