Votes for Women rosette
This Votes for Women rosette is a copy of an actual suffragette rosette on display in the Bishopsgate Institute, London.
Groups campaigning for women's suffrage such as the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) under Millicent Fawcett, were formed at the end of the nineteenth century, followed by the more militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) which was established by the Pankhursts in 1903.
From 1908, the WSPU adopted the colour scheme of violet, green and white, using these colours in sashes, rosettes and banners. Violet symbolised dignity, white purity, and green hope.
In 1918 women over 30 finally got the vote but it was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that they gained equal voting rights with men.
We launch this rosette in commemoration of those brave women who fought hard so that women in the UK could have a voice.