List of suffragettes arrested from 1906–1914
More than a thousand people who supported women’s right to vote were arrested for their activism. This document records who they were and the date and location of each arrest – and includes some famous names.
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Why this record matters
Until 1918, women were not able to vote in general elections. Many people, both men and women, campaigned for women’s suffrage and some of them were arrested in the process. The Home Office created a card index of those arrested, and in 1922 this was turned into the bound document we have today. It contains the names of 1224 women and 109 men.
The Home Office used this index to trace suffrage supporters. At the outbreak of the First World War, when many suffrage groups suspended their campaigns, the index made it easier for the Government to give an amnesty that released suffrage campaigners from prison.
Today, the index is the best way to look for individual campaigners whose activity put them on the wrong side of the law. Each entry includes a reference to original documents about the person’s arrest and conviction, and those papers – where they survive – can be found within our collection.