Against Their Will


“I shall never while I live forget the suffering I experienced during the days when those cries were ringing in my ears.”

from Emmeline Pankhurst’s autobiography

Suffragettes would go on hunger strikes in prison where they would be fed forcibly with tubes if they did not comply with the wardresses that worked in the gaol.

In 1913, in reaction to the concern about force feeding the protesters, the government created the Prisoners, Temporary Discharge for Health Act (a.k.a. The Cat & Mouse Act)

With this action, the government could release a suffrage protester when they went on a hunger strike and became weak. They would be told to go home to recover, but they were restricted from continuing in the protest. If they were found breaking the agreement, they would go back to gaol.

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