Deeds or Words: the WSPU TCOB
As you can see from the graph above, the historical figures involved in the Women’s Suffrage Movement are seen falling from the node-“Women’s Social and Political Union.”
Those along the right-hand side were members listed as notable, but those who are historically remembered are represented along the left, with larger arrows, and “warm colors.”
From this graph I can come up with a few ideas for a project:
- That the ideology of the time began to shift in favor of assertiveness, and what was deemed “militancy,” away from passivity.
- Could this be a result of Nationalism playing a role in how people present themselves–or how they identify as a union of like-minded people?
- Another possibility could be the increase in literacy rates–resulting in the spread of information and knowledge
- Advancements in science and reason spurred these reactions to femininity–and the sphere of domesticity. During this time, women are socially, and ideologically reinforced to believe they are mentally and physically inferior. The way to break these mores is through the opposite action. Rather than silence, the WSPU were loud, and out-spoken. Instead of patiently waiting, the women acted–by destroying political and parliamentary official’s homes, destroying public property, publicly demonstrating, and throwing hatchets at Prime Ministers.