Mrs Emily Katharine Marshall

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Married

Born: 1871

Died: 1947

Place of birth: Westhoughton, Lancashire, England

Occupation: Artist

Main Suffrage Society: WSPU

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 4


Other sources:
Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866?1928 (1999)

Further Information:

Family information: Father a church canon and Dean of Leyland. She married a solicitor in 1904.

Additional Information: Emily Katharine, or 'Kitty' as she was known, was regularly involved with the WSPU from 1907 and, in June 1909, volunteered to take a deputation to the Prime Minister. With Emmeline Pankhurst and Evelina Haverfield, she was charged with obstructing the police. In 1910, she was arrested on 'Black Friday' and released, but a few days later was arrested protesting against the force-feeding of suffragette prisoners. She threw a potato at a light above the door of then Home Secretary Winston Churchill and was sentenced to two weeks in prison. In 1911, she went to 10 Downing Street each week and posted the WSPU's Votes for Women newspaper through the door ? despite the six policemen guarding it. That year, she was arrested at a deputation to the House of Commons, apparently shouting 'charge', and was sentenced to ten days. By the year's end, she was organising hampers for suffragette prisoners and, in 1912, took a car to 10 Downing Street with Emmeline Pankhurst and Mabel Tuke, throwing stones wrapped in messages such as 'We demand the Vote'. She was given two sentences ? of two months and of three weeks ? for the act and for inciting others to the act. She was sent to Holloway Prison, which at that time contained over 200 suffragettes. She described the electric atmosphere as all the women banged the doors and sang the WSPU 'Marseillaise' song. She was ordered to spend five days in an underground cell in solitary confinement for breaking windows in her cell and inciting others to do the same. In 1913, she was charged with assaulting a police inspector during a scuffle over the rearrest of WSPU leader Emmeline Pankhurst, who was then on the run. Throughout the campaign, Kitty was supported by her husband, who, as a solicitor, often acted in defence of herself and suffragette colleagues in court.

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