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Christabel Harriette Pankhurst (1880 - 1958) was with Sylvia and Adela one of the daughters of Richard and Emmeline Pankhurst, and an active, prominent British suffragette in within the framework of the Women’s Social and Political Union. When the First World War broke out, Christabel supported her mother’s pro-war stance, and as a result alienated pacifist supporters of women’s suffrage, with the WSPU fragmenting. She was a rather dictatorial although for some magnetic figure, and in 1915 Schreiner commented in a letter to Ellis that Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst were women “I shrink from intensely”.
For further information see:
Timothy Larsen (2002) Christabel Pankhurst: Fundamentalism and Feminism in Coalition Woodbridge: Boydell
David Mitchell (1977) Queen Christabel: A Biography of Christabel Pankhurst London: Macdonald & Jane’s
June Purvis (2004) ‘Pankhurst, Dame Christabel Harriette (1880-1958)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/35375
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