Today In History: Marion Wallace-Dunlop and the Fabulous, Churchill-Beating Suffragettes of 1909

This month is the centennial of the modern hunger strike. Here is an appreciation of Marion Wallace-Dunlop, who engineered the hunger strike as a modern political tactic in 1909. (Gandhi came to London and met her that year, nine years before his first hunger strike; Irish leaders met her then too, four years before they began hunger-striking.) What is sort of obscured by the haze of recent history is just how crazy and violent the fight for equal rights was back then-when a bunch of ladies spent their days breaking windows, committing graffiti and actually physically attacking police officers and Ministers of Cabinet who would go on to be Prime Ministers.

From Rise Up, Women! by Andrew Rosen.

Sure makes today sound namby-pamby!