Annie Kenny and Christabel Parkhurst

Annie Kenney (1879–1953), British suffragette, 1909 – photo by Bain News Service (Source)

Ann Kenney (13 September 1879 – 9 July 1953) was an English working-class suffragette and socialist feminist[1] who became a leading figure in the Women’s Social and Political Union. She co-founded its first branch in London with Minnie Baldock.[2] Kenney attracted the attention of the press and public in 1905 when she and Christabel Pankhurst were imprisoned for several days for assault and obstruction, after questioning Sir Edward Grey at a Liberal rally in Manchester on the issue of votes for women. The incident is credited with inaugurating a new phase in the struggle for women’s suffrage in the UK, with the adoption of militant tactics. Annie had friendships with Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Baroness Pethick-Lawrence, Mary Blathwayt, Clara Codd, Adela Pankhurst and Christabel Pankhurst. (Source)


Postcard, printed, monochrome photographic studio portrait of Christabel Pankhurst, head and shoulders, full face, white surround, manuscript inscription in ink below ‘Christabel’; on reverse ‘(Copyright) Lambert Weston & Son Ltd., Folkestone & Dover’ – photo by LSE Library (Source)

Dame Christabel Harriette Pankhurst, DBE (/ˈpæŋkhərst/; 22 September 1880 – 13 February 1958) was a British suffragette born in Manchester, England. A co-founder of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), she directed its militant actions from exile in France from 1912 to 1913. In 1914 she supported the war against Germany. After the war she moved to the United States, where she worked as an evangelist for the Second Adventist movement. (Source)


WSPU leaders Annie Kenney (left) and Christabel Pankhurst, ca 1908 (Source)

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