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Emmeline Pankhurst’s Birthday

July 8th 2021| Michael Mountford

Emmeline Pankhurst’s Birthday

Emmeline Pankhurst. One of Britain’s leading suffragetes during the 19th and 20th century, campaigning for Women’s right to vote and setting up the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union). The WSPU aimed to gain equal voting rights for women.

Emmeline Pankhurst and The Suffragettes

Sally Lindsay examines the life & work of the leader of the Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, and traces the people, places, and events that turned her into the leader of the ‘votes for women’ campaign group. In this video find answers to the question: who was Emmeline Pankhurst?

“We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.”

Emmeline Pankhurst

One of the best ways to kickstart a discussion would be to ask why we vote and who should take part?

Are children surprised that less than 100 years ago women couldn’t vote? Make sure to use this Text and Comprehension Resource to introduce who Emmeline Pankhurst was.

To further their learning, you can bring the story of Emmeline & The Suffragettes to life with this audio drama which follows Lady Constance Lytton as she protests for the vote.

A great way to visualise the journey would be to create a “Votes for Women” timeline. This could include drawings, photographs and short pieces of writing about key moments in the campaign. Students can compare the situation in the UK with other countries using this “Women’s Suffrage Timeline” from TeacherVision. Can your students find examples of countries where some women still can’t vote? Why might this still be the case?

Role-play is a great way to explore these ideas further. Working in pairs, one student could act as a suffragette explaining to a friend or family member why they are willing to go to prison for their cause.

Emmeline Pankhurst Classroom Displays

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work all to do with the topic of Emmeline Pankhurst and The Suffragettes.


We here at Teacher’s Pet already have a range of amazing resources all to do with teaching about Emmeline in your classroom. Click here to see all of our brand new Emmeline Pankhurst Resources created in conjunction with our Women’s History Month Resources.

Below I have picked out a handful of resources in order to help you get started.

Emmeline Pankhurst Information Text and Comprehension
Emmeline Pankhurst Voting Activity
Emmeline Pankhurst Fact Cards
Emmeline Pankhurst Missing Word Comprehension

Have a great day!

We hope these ideas have given you some help for teaching about Emmeline Pankhurst.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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