This picture depicts Edith Garrud, a womens’ suffrage jiu-jitsu master. She trained up a 30-woman-strong bodyguard squad who guarded militant suffragist leader Emmeline Pankhurst in the 1910s. They fought police, broke windows, burnt buildings and bombed train stations, all to get the vote.*
And starting today, you can read about their adventures in a new comic series called Suffrajitsu. Thought some of you might want to know. 🙂
* = the arson, bombings, and other destruction was explicitly against property only; to my knowledge nobody was ever hurt in those actions
Where’s the movie about her?! I keep hearing about all these badass women and yet no one is making movies or shows about them! Grr!
Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep as suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, is due out later in 2015. It also stars Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan.
You now are obligated to see it and make sure it does well. 😉