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Thursday, 8 July 2010

Grace Roe

Grace Roe became head of operations for the WSPU in London after the arrest of Annie Kenney in 1913. She was eventually arrested in on 23rd May 1914. She went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed and was still in prison when on 4th August, 1914, England declared war on Germany. A few days later the leadership of the WSPU began negotiating with the British government. On the 10th August the government announced it was releasing all suffragettes from prison. In return, the WSPU agreed to end their militant activities and help the war effort.

There is a great interview with Grace Roe here:

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/Wroe.htm