Women’s Social and Political Union Medal for Valour

Starving for the vote

See Frances Parker’s Medal for Valour, awarded for her hunger strike protesting against voting inequality in Britain.

  • When 15 Sep – 12 Dec 2016
  • Where Level 4
  • Cost Free exhibition
  • Allow 10 minutes

Find out how far New Zealander Frances Parker went in her fight for British women’s suffrage (the right to vote). Members of the Women’s Social and Political Union awarded her this Medal for Valour to recognise a hunger strike she went on while imprisoned in 1912.

Wander along from Espresso on Level 4 to take a look at the diminutive medal and its box, and to read Parker’s eye-watering account of being force fed.

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