You might not have heard of Annie Kenney, but you certainly won’t forget her now. Kenney was a British suffragette who rose to second-in-command of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), the organisation that eventually got women the vote in England. She was the highest ranking working class member of the WSPU, joining after hearing Christabel Pankhurst speak. She had previously been working in the cotton mill, a job that she started when she was only 10 years old. Later, she became the WSPU's youngest full-time organiser – and she certainly made some waves in first-wave feminism.
In 1905, she and Christabel Pankhurst interrupted a Manchester rally to ask Winston Churchill if they believed women should have the right to vote. They were thrown out and jailed – but it was a pivotal moment in the suffragette campaign, seen as a movement towards more radical, direct protest. After that, she was imprisoned 12 more times, and went on hunger strike in prison. Here’s the perfect feminist gift to remind you to ask some bold questions!