Definition of suffragette in English:

suffragette

noun

historical
  • A woman seeking the right to vote through organized protest.

    • ‘Over the last hundred years, suffragettes, hunger marchers, miners, pro-fox hunters and campaigners against police brutality, the poll tax, fuel tax and the prohibition of cannabis have all congregated in Hyde Park.’
    • ‘Only those who do not understand the radical difference between the movement of socialist women and bourgeois suffragettes can think this way.’
    • ‘The longest - and most controversial - chapter in the book is devoted to the suffragettes.’
    • ‘British suffragists and suffragettes discovered that renewed though it was, the Liberal Party that returned to office in 1906 in no sense had votes for women on the agenda.’
    • ‘What would the suffragists and suffragettes of yesteryear think?’
    • ‘Her subsequent position in the immigrant community as the proprietor of a cafe, however, is more closely aligned with middle-class social workers than with the labor activists and suffragettes of the working class.’
    • ‘His mother was a novelist, a Labour Party member, and a suffragette who was imprisoned for her agitation for women's rights.’
    • ‘They wear green, purple and white - or more commonly, simply purple - the colours chosen by the early suffragettes of the Women's Social and Political Union, an organization in Britain in the early 1900s.’
    • ‘From the suffragettes to the poll tax the only kind of protest that appears to get noticed is violent protest.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough, this was centered on many Protestant woman suffragettes who by law voted in school committee elections but were denied the vote for other city offices.’
    • ‘He uses the suffragettes as ‘effective extra-parliamentary protest’ but fails to mention that not until the militants began a campaign of fire-raising and window-smashing were they taken seriously.’
    • ‘Her book is a decade by decade illustrated survey of the changing role of women in the twentieth century, from the suffragettes to the modern executive.’
    • ‘Her house was a congregation for many of her activist friends, including the famous suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.’
    • ‘Women were considered not equal of men, and black people were considered not equal to whites until the suffragettes and anti-Apartheid protestors showed how wrong such views were.’
    • ‘In 1851, ex-slave Sojourner Truth addressed a convention of white suffragettes and white ministers debating which issue was more important, abolition or women's suffrage.’
    • ‘Katharine Hepburn was born into a family of free thinkers - her father a pioneering doctor in Hartford, Conn., her mother, a suffragette and birth control activist.’
    • ‘The women in Bolton were suffragists, not suffragettes.’
    • ‘Like it or not, the activists are the suffragettes of the day and, as with the campaigners for women's votes, they attract fear, loathing and scorn in equal measure.’
    • ‘The suffragettes had to fight to get the vote for women and in South Africa, coloured people were treated worse than animals.’
    • ‘The monuments and statues throughout the country commemorate generals, judges and politicians, rather than socialists, strikers or suffragettes.’

In the UK in the early 20th century the suffragettes initiated a campaign of demonstrations and militant action, under the leadership of the Pankhursts, after the repeated defeat of women's suffrage bills in Parliament. In 1918 they won the vote for women over the age of 30, and ten years later were given full equality with men in voting rights

Pronunciation

suffragette

/ˌsʌfrəˈdʒɛt/