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Author Topic: 'Suffrajitsu': How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts.  (Read 1136 times)
Mercury Wells
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« on: October 05, 2015, 05:13:01 pm »

'Suffrajitsu': How the suffragettes fought back using martial arts.

The film Suffragette, which is due for release, portrays the struggle by British women to win the vote. They were exposed to violence and intimidation as their campaign became more militant. So they taught themselves the martial art of jiu-jitsu.

Edith Garrud was a tiny woman. Measuring 4ft 11in (150cm) in height she appeared no match for the officers of the Metropolitan Police - required to be at least 5ft 10in (178cm) tall at the time. But she had a secret weapon.

In the run-up to World War One, Garrud became a jiu-jitsu instructor to the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), better known as the suffragettes, taking part in an increasingly violent campaign for votes for women.

(c) BBC '15

(I hope this is in the right place?)
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2015, 11:51:03 pm »

Nice article. Thanks for the catch.
Fairley B. Strange
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Relax, I've done much dumber things and survived..

« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 04:36:42 am »

Not forgetting the arsons, bombings, axe-attacks, art-vandalism, acid-throwing and other such lady-like activities....


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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 06:29:17 pm »

Damn fine art and ornate metalwork! Take that!

Hadn't heard about this aspect of the movement before. Thanks for the link.
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