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Leaflet, Window Breaking To One who has suffered

Women's Social and Political Union and Woman's Press1912

Museum of London

Museum of London
London, United Kingdom

Printed leaflet issued by the Women's Social and Political Union. Headed ' Window Breaking. To One Who has Suffered' the leaflet, in the form of an open letter to a shopkeeper, justifies the Suffragette policy of window smashing by stating it is the Government's refusal to introduce female suffrage that has forced them to adopt such a policy.
On 1st March over 200 women, armed with hammers and instructions as to their use and timing broke shop and office windows in the West End of London. Two dozen of the hammers used had previously been bought from the shop 'Melhuish in Fetter Lane by a 'well set up intellectual lady'. 270 premises had windows broken and the cost of the damage was estimated at £6600. The Police arrested 200 suffragettes, most being sentenced to terms of imprisonment ranging from seven days to six months. The imprisonment of a large number of suffragettes, mostly in Holloway jail, caused considerable disruption to the prison service particularly as many of the prisoners went on hunger strike.

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