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Suffragette Colours (UK)

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In the UK, green, white and purple were the colours of the Women's Social and Political Union, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, just one of several organisations involved in the suffrage movement, but perhaps the most militant.

The suffragette banners that are part of the Fawcett Library collection (http://www.thewomenslibrary.ac.uk although there are none shown currently on the website) in London Metropolitan University show a variety of colours and symbols. The Women's Freedom league had a banner in green, yellow and white; the Married Women's Association has one in green and white; that of the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship is green, red and white; one of the banners of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies is green, gold and white, but another is red and green. Many banners commemorated famous women, and bore suitable colours and symbolism according to whoever was being commemorated.

The book to read on suffragette flags is, 'The spectacle of women: imagery of the suffrage campaign 1907-14' by Lisa Tickner (London, Chatto and Windus, 1987)

Ian Sumner, 18 March 2004

In "100 Years of Women's Banners" there are a lot of women's flags and banners, including a note on the colours of suffragists (green and white and scarlet) and suffragettes (green and purple and white).
Marcus Schmöger, 23 March 2004

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