Ethel Smyth: The March of the Women


Ethel Smyth’s rousing March of the Women was composed in 1910 to words by Cicely Hamilton, with a tune adapted from a traditional Italian melody. Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) introduced it as the official anthem of the Women’s Social and Political Union and it became associated with the suffrage movement more generally.

This small pamphlet with the tune and words, easily portable and perfectly designed for distribution at rallies, was published by The Women’s Press in 1911, the same year it was sung on Pall Mall in celebration of the release from prison of a number of activists. The following year, the conductor Thomas Beecham (1879–1961) apparently heard it sung in Holloway Prison, where Smyth and Pankhurst were imprisoned.

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Ethel Smyth: The March of the Women
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