Christabel Pankhurst

Christabel Pankhurst was born September 22, 1880 in Manchester, England. She was the daughter of a major leader in the suffrage movement, Emmeline Pankhurst and her husband, Richard Pankhurst. She attended the Manchester High School for Girls. Following that education, she obtained a law degree from the University of Manchester, despite not being allowed to practice law, as she was a woman.

She was a co-founder of the Women's Social and Political Union. She was a major force in the militant action of the organization. Many of the events of the WSPU resulted in Pankhurst's repeated imprisonments. Due to her militant philosophy, she was nicknamed the "Queen of the Mob". In 1913 and 1914, she lived in Paris, France to avoid jail time in the United Kingdom. She returned to England following the start of World War 1. She was arrested in 1914. During her imprisonment, she committed to a hunger strike.

From 1914 to 1915, Pankhurst toured the United Kingdom, making recruiting speeches.

In 1918, after women were granted the right to vote in the United Kingdom, she announced her campaign for the General Election in 1918. She was defeated by John Davison, by 775 votes. Following this campaign, in 1921, Pankhurst moved to California. There, she became a prominent member and evangelist of the Second Adventist movement. She returned to Britain in the 30s and received a title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Due to the beginning of World War II, she returned to the United States.

She passed away on February 13, 1958 in Los Angeles, California.