Sylvia Pankhurst
in English radicalism in the twentieth century
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Pankhurst was a leading member of the Suffragette movement, committed to non-violent, militant civil disobedience. She broke with her mother, Emmeline, and her sister, Christabel, because of her strong socialist beliefs. She prioritised working-class women and devoted herself to suffrage and socialist activism in London’s East End. Pankhurst was strongly opposed to the First World War, and was a member in its early years of the CPGB. She was an internationalist and active in the anti-fascist campaigns of the 1930s. In the last decades of her life she was involved with the struggle in Ethiopia against Italian fascism and, subsequently, what she saw as British imperialism. She became a nationally celebrated figure for Haile Selassie and the Ethiopian people.


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