Christabel Pankhurst, together with her mother Emmeline and sister Sylvia, was one of the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement in Britain, fighting for votes for women.
Their campaigns involved mass rallies, hunger strikes and physical action, for which they both spent time in prison.
Christabel Pankhurst was an energetic speaker, but later she began to feel that a confrontational approach was necessary in order to raise public awareness of the campaign, and she supported increasingly militant protests which included window breaking and arson. In 1908 Pankhurst was sentenced to a period in Holloway prison and this recording is said to have been made a few hours after her release. In this recording Pankhurst state:
'For 40 years this reasonable claim has been laid before Parliament in a quiet and patient manner. Meetings have been held and petitions signed in favour of votes for women, but failure has been the result. The reason for this failure is that women have not been able to bring pressure to bear upon the government and government moves only in response to pressure. Men got the vote not by persuading, but by alarming the legislature. Similar vigorous measures must be adopted by women'