Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of Maharaja Duleep Singh, was a prominent suffragette and member of the Women’s Social and Political Union. She nationally campaigned for votes for women, as well as locally in Richmond and Kingston-upon-Thames. As pictured here in 1913, she was often seen selling the newspaper The Suffragette outside Hampton Court Palace.
On 18 November 1910, known as ‘Black Friday’, she led a 400-strong demonstration to parliament together with Emmeline Pankhurst. As clashes broke out between the police and protestors, over 150 women were physically assaulted. Sophia also belonged to the Women’s Tax Resistance League, whose slogan was ‘No Vote, No Tax’. Her refusal to pay tax led to her prosecution several times and some of her valuable possessions were impounded.
Sophia was not the only Indian suffragette. In 1911 an Indian women’s group took
part in the Women’s Coronation Procession of 60,000 suffragettes; their presence is captured by photographs and newspaper coverage of the march.