Colours of the Women's Suffrage movement

Posted by Sally Lees on

When women's suffrage or the suffragettes are mentioned the colours purple, green and white come to mind and although these were key colours of some of the organisations that supported and promoted and fought for women's right to vote they were by no means the only colours to represent the movement.

There were many different organisations involved in the women's suffrage movement.

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National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and Women's Socia Political Union pin badges circa 1911

A forgotten suffrage group is the Women’s Freedom League (WFL). This group formed in 1907 as a break-away group of the WSPU. They were protesting at the organisation’s undemocratic leadership. Although the WFL was a militant organisation, it was non-violent and opposed the WSPU’s campaign of arson and vandalism. The WFL’s colours were white, yellow and green and its motto ‘Dare to be Free’.

Instructions NUWSS procession June 1908

Read about Suffrage banners

Portrait badge of Emmeline Pankhurst, c.1909 – Sold in large numbers by the WSPU to raise funds for its cause – Museum of London

Mary Branson's New Dawn Light sculpture commissioned by The Houses of Parliament and installed in Westminster Hall in 2016 uses all of the colours of the suffragette organisations.




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