The Suffragette Organiser Charlotte Marsh: 1909
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The Suffragette Organiser Charlotte Marsh, (1887-1961) joined the Women's Social and Political Union in 1907. She did not, however, become active in the movement until 1908 when she finished her training as a sanitary inspector. During her first WSPU deputation to Parliament Square in June 1908 Charlotte was arrested for obstruction and imprisoned in Holloway for one month. The following year she became WSPU organiser in Yorkshire. Whilst in prison in 1909 for heckling Asquith Charlotte became one of the first hunger-striking suffragettes to be forcibly fed. In 1910 Charlotte became WSPU organiser in Oxford and subsequently Portsmouth and Nottingham. As well as working as a full time paid regional organiser Charlotte also continued to undertake miiltant acts. For smashing nine windows in the Strand in March 1912 she ws sentenced to 6 months imprisonment. During World War I Charlotte worked as a motor mechanic, chaffeuse to Lloyd George and as a land girl whilst continuing her committments to the suffrage cause as honorary secretary of the Independent WSPU.
1909 AD - 1909 AD