Suffragette Brooch Pin Pinchbeck Antique Edwardian c1910
A suffragette was a member of militant women's organisations in the early 20th century who, under the banner "Votes for Women", fought for the right to vote in public elections, known as women's suffrage. The term refers in particular to members of the British Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU), a women-only movement founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst. In 1906, a reporter writing in the Daily Mail coined the term suffragette for the WSPU, from suffragist, to belittle the women advocating women's suffrage. The militants embraced the new name, & even adopted it.
The suffragette campaign was suspended when World War I broke out in 1914. After the war, the Representation of the People Act 1918 gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications. Ten years later in 1928, women gained electoral equality with men when the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 gave all women the vote at age 21.
To enable like minded ladies to easily identify themselves to each other, they would wear 3 colours, in their clothes, scarves & even jewellery. The green represented the word 'give', white for 'women' & violet for 'vote'.
This is a fantastic antique pinchbeck brooch pin in pinchbeck set with real amethyst & green paste stones the white seed pearls are missing. The amethyst stones have been tested as real, they are of a great colour & in good order. 1 petal is missing please see the pictures. Good secure clasp & pin.
Diameter 3.5 cm or 1.3 inches.
Weight 7.2 grams or 4.6 penny weight.