Miss Selina Martin

Gender: Female

Marital Status: Single

Born: 1882

Died: 1972

Place of birth: Ulverstone, Lancashire, England

Occupation: Domestic servant/nurse

Main Suffrage Society: WSPU

Arrest Record: Yes

Recorded Entries: 4


Other sources: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4769024

Further Information:

Family information: Father owned a bookshop.

Additional Information: Selina probably joined the WSPU around 1908. She was a working class woman and was arrested for incidents such as rushing the House of Commons in 1908, protesting the Prime Minister at Bingley Hall in Birmingham in 1909, and throwing an empty ginger beer bottle at the Prime Minister's car in Liverpool when he refused to answer her questions about votes for women. During her imprisonments, Selina was treated badly and was often denied her basic rights, even before she had been tried in court. She was dragged around and assaulted, handcuffed and forcibly fed. This was the experience of many working class suffragettes who were imprisoned, contrasting starkly with the treatment of privileged middle and upper class women, as highlighted by Lady Constance Lytton.

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