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1899/1901 – Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, now a widow, had to resign from her voluntary work on a Board of Guardians to take salaried work. She became a Registrar of Births & Deaths in Manchester. Through her work, she was shocked by to be reminded over and over again of  the little respect there was in the world for women and children. She saw the terrible conditions they lived in, and how the law of the land treated them appallingly and in different ways to men. It convinced her that if civilisation was to advance, it must be through the help of women. Women freed of their shackles, to work their will in society. It was clear to her that men regarded women as a servant class and that women would remain in that class until they lifted themselves out of it. She asked herself on many occasions, what was to be done?

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