Sylvia Pankhurst

Ellen Ross

in Slum Travelers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249059
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940055 | DOI:
Sylvia Pankhurst

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This chapter focuses on Sylvia Pankhurst, who was a crusader for women's suffrage, a socialist, a pacifist, a Communist, an anti-Fascist, and a protector of Ethiopia. Actively involved in the settlements in Chicago, she and a friend established the East London Federation Suffragettes (ELFS) at the Bow Road, which became a centre for suffrage and labor movements in East London. Pankhurst, both a political agitator and a philanthropist, raised money to help hard cases, offered cheap meals, and intervened with local authorities or landlords. Her organization, the ELFS, offered classes and programs that were found at settlements and missions. The ELFS also opened several factories and a child-care center. This chapter provides two of Sylvia's articles from The Woman's Dreadnought, which was founded and edited by Pankhurst for almost ten years. The paper concentrated on the struggles for survival during wartime, inefficient welfare agencies, pacifism and socialism, antiwar military men, and the suffrage movement.

Keywords: Sylvia Pankhurst; women's suffrage; labor movements; The Woman's Dreadnought; pacifism; socialism; welfare agencies

Chapter.  5980 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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