EMILY DAVISON HIDES IN WEST­MIN­STER

History Revealed - - BORN: DIED: -

The cen­sus is a use­ful tool for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans tracing their an­ces­tors, but it can also give a glimpse of peo­ple’s po­lit­i­cal mo­tives. Suf­fragette Emily Davison de­cided to take a stand with the 1911 cen­sus. As a protest against the gov­ern­ment, she hid her­self in a cup­board in the Palace of West­min­ster overnight, even­tu­ally be­ing found by a cleaner. She was in­cluded in the cen­sus as re­sid­ing in the House of Com­mons – hop­ing to high­light that she had claim to the same po­lit­i­cal rights as men.

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