Women's Sunday, Hyde Park, 21 June 1908.
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Women's Sunday, Hyde Park, 21 June 1908. This 'monster meeting' was organised by the Women's Social and Political Union with military precision. Trains were specially chartered to bring in thousands of suffragettes from all over Britain. Frederick Pethick-Lawerence, the paper's co-editor, persuaded the authorities to remove a quarter of a mile of park railings to accommodate the seven processions - accompanied by 30 bands - that gathered in Hyde Park from seven different directions around London. Crowds gathered to watch different groups of suffragettes parade 700 handmade banners and to hear 80 women give speeches from temporary platforms around the park.
1908 AD - 1908 AD