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.
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’.
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
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