Annie Kenney tea towel
Annie Kenney (1879-1953) rose to second-in-command of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), thereby becoming the highest ranking working-class member of that organisation. The WSPU had been established in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst in order to champion militant tactics in the struggle for female suffrage.
Born in Springhead, Oldham, Kenney stared working in the cotton mill when she was only 10. She joined the WSPU after hearing Christabel Pankhurst speak. Later, she became the WSPU's youngest full-time organiser.
She was imprisoned numerous times for taking part in protests and went on hunger strike in prison. She published her autobiography 'Memories of a Militant' in 1924.