This picture depicts Edith Garrud, a womens’ suffrage jujitsu 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 as of last week, you can read about their adventures in a new comic series called Suffrajitsu. Previously touched on lightly in this post about parasol self-defense. Thought some of you might want to know. :)
If, however, you are still clamoring for more about this movement — if, say, you are complaining quietly, “where’s the movie about her?! How come nobody makes anything about these badass women?!” — well, I have some good news for you.
Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep as suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, is due out later in 2015. It also stars Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan.
* = the arson, bombings, and other destruction was explicitly against property only; to my knowledge nobody was ever hurt in those actions