Charlotte Despard

Charlotte Despard was born in 1844 and had a successful career as a romantic novelist; but it's not for this reason that Charlotte Despard Avenue in Battersea is named after her. From 1890 onwards Despard grew increasingly politically active, agitating for votes for women. She was one of the founders of the Women's Freedom League, who supported non-violent but illegal means of protest, like withholding taxes and chaining themselves to fences.

In 1919, when Despard was 83, some women finally received the right to vote. She spoke at a rally to celebrate: "I have seen great days, but this is the greatest. I never believed that equal votes would come in my lifetime. But when an impossible dream comes true, we must go on to another."

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Picture by the Artists' Suffrage League, via trialsanderrors, under a CC-attribution license.
Story sources: Spartacus Educational: Charlotte Despard; Charlotte Despard (wikipedia)