Suffragette belt & chain c. 1840
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Leather restraining belt with chains used by Suffragettes to chain themselves to railings. Padlocking themselves to the railings of Government buildings gave suffragettes the opportunity of making lengthy political speeches. The women had as long as it took the police to cut them out of their padlocks and chains. Otherwise they would have been arrested immediately they began to speak. In Votes for Women, March 1908 chaining was described as 'the announcement of a mental and moral revolt against oppression. It arrests attention and arouses thought and quickens perception of a wrong hitherto ignored or slothfully accepted'.
1838 AD - 1842 AD