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1909
Some members of the W.F.L. demonstrate by chaining themselves to a grille in the Ladies' Gallery of the House of Commons, depicted here by the padlock.
Suffragettes embark upon prison hunger strikes. Marion Wallace-Dunlop is the first to refuse food when she is not given 'political prisoner' status. She had been arrested for damaging a wall in Parliament's St. Stephen's Hall. Other imprisoned suffragettes follow her lead, resulting in the Home Secretary ordering the force-feeding of women hunger strikers (illustrated here by the milk, eggs and feeding funnel). The nation is horrified, and it gives the suffragettes powerful propaganda.

The emblem shows a suffragette's prison badge worn on a buttonhole.

1911
On 24 May 1911, salaries are introduced for MPs.
The militant suffragette, Emily Davison hides in a cupboard in Parliament's St. Mary Undercroft Chapel - during the night of the 1911 census, depicted here as the envelope. She does so in order that she can record her address as the 'Houses of Parliament' to express political balance with men.
The suffragettes are getting more violent in their campaign. Fires are started, acid is poured on grass, slogans are painted on walls and windows are smashed.

1912
The latest Conciliation Bill is defeated when Irish MPs, for tactical reasons, vote against it. This is represented here by the Irish tricolour flag.