The response of the WSPU
Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst ordered the members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) to stop all militant actions. They turned their attention to patriotism and changed the name of their newspaper from The Suffragette to Britannia. All suffragette prisoners were released from prison. Some members were not happy with the organisation's support for the war and the government, and formed the splinter groups the Independent WSPU and the Suffragettes of the WSPU. In 1917 the WPSU disbanded and became the Women's Party.