Rebecca Hourwich, age 16, National Woman’s Party Records, 1923
A fascinating look at the young girls and women who fought for equality in the UK.
April 1912, New York City: It is a rainy morning as a young schoolgirl steps up confidently onto the platform, facing a crowd of skeptical onlookers. “Miss Dorothy Frooks,” someone announces beside her, “the youngest suffragette in the world, a lady who is giving her early years to the cause of justice to women. Listen to her, you men who praise the ballot, the youngest, the most enthusiastic and the most intelligent of all the suffragists!”1 Sixteen-year-old Dorothy clears her throat and begins to speak. Across the Atlantic, another sixteen-year-old, Dora Thewlis, kicks and screams as police officers drag her through the streets of London.