Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Isobel Logan, suffragette

Nora Logan was one of a group of wealthy antivivisectionists who grew old together in a mansion flat overlooking Regents Park Zoo. Nora and her eldest sister, Isobel, were militant suffragettes, and both were imprisoned for refusing to pay a fine for smashing windows writes Nina Boyd. And it seems that Isobel was a more significant suffragette than Nora among the daughters of my hero J.W. Logan.

Isobel Logan appears in the Who's Who of Radical Leicester:
Isobel became dissatisfied by the lack of action by the Women’s Liberal Association on the question of women’s rights. She resigned, saying it that ‘the question of women's suffrage is so important and its continued denial so great an injustice to women, that it is impossible for me to belong to an association that does not put the question before others.’ 
She cut quite a dash when she attended suffrage meetings in a motor car, however soon after joining the WSPU in 1909 she took employment as a bookbinder. In June 1909, she was among 27 women who were arrested following a deputation to Parliament when windows were smashed in Whitehall and Downing Street. Rather than pay a fine, she opted to go prison.
And you can read a contemporary account of her arrest in the New York Times.

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