4 June

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Emily Wilding Davison Took A Brave Stand Today

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Emily Wilding Davison bravely stepped out on to the racecourse in front of King George V’s horse Anmer at Britain’s Epsom Derby on this day in 1913 to draw his and the country’s attention to the women’s suffrage cause.

It's thought that her intention was to attach a sash to the bridle of his mount but sadly she was hit by the horse and sustained injuries that resulted in her death four days later. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London for her funeral, and her coffin was accompanied by thousands of suffragettes. Emily was a fierce campaigner who was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times.

You could say that Emily is auntie to all women who now have the vote, so today, we're remembering this brave lady with a forgotten classic, an Aunt Emily.

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