Annie Kenney tea towel
£11.00

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.

For every purchase of this tea towel we will donate £1 to the campaign to erect a statue to Annie in Parliament Square, Oldham. The plinth has already been reserved, so why not help put 'Our Annie' on it?

Specifications: Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 48 x 70cm. Machine wash at 40 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.