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London department stores celebrate votes for women

London department stores Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason have today unveiled window displays to commemorate the suffrage movement during London Fashion Week.

The windows highlight the history of the campaigning that took place on the streets of the capital, 100 years since the first women in the UK won the right to vote.

During the 1912 protests in London’s West End, the windows of the three department stores were smashed by the suffragettes as they sought to highlight that the government cared more about buildings than a woman’s life.

The window displays have been organised in partnership with the British Fashion Council as part of the year-long Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign.

The Harvey Nichols window will be unveiled by Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement. It features Emmeline’s famous quotation, “Deeds not words.”

The Harrods window displays footage of leading feminists from the past and the present, while Fortnum & Mason presents hampers that were sent to imprisoned suffragettes in 1912 (including the former chairman’s daughter, Helen Craggs).



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