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Emmeline Pankhurst was the daughter of Robert Goulden born in 1858 Her family were very forward thinking and believed that all girls were as good as boys So Emmeline attended school in her home city of Manchester and went to finishing school in Paris Soon after her return to Manchester she meet the lawyer and the social reformist Richard Pankhurst He was a strong believer of womens rights and committed himself to helping the womens suffrage Together he and Emmeline work very hard and finally brought about the right for women to vote Emmeline was born at a time of rapid social reform Only 50 years ago women were considered the property of their husbands but since the womens suffrage was set up the government had started thinking about women as humans Emmeline had been going along to the womens suffrage since she was very young She also noticed how girls were treated differently and inferior to boys and it made her very angry As soon as she finished school she started to work for the community In 1895 Emmeline became a Poor Law Guardian This involved regular visits to the local workhouse and she was deeply shocked by the misery and suffering of the inmates She became particularly concerned about the way women were treated and it reinforced her belief that womens suffrage was the only way these problems would be solved However getting equal rights for women was very hard for Emmeline and in 1898 her husband died This made Emmelines job even more difficult because in those days no one listened to women at all They were expected to stay at home and look after children However Emmeline didnt give up instead she founded the Womens Social and Political Union in 1903 This was aimed at getting a vote for all women Their most useful source of publicity was the media However in 1905 the media stopped taking an interest in the
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