Physical violence is often assumed to be a properly—or even exclusively—masculine domain. Yet, women have at times played very active roles in exercising physical violence.
In the early twentieth century, some Suffragette activists carried out violent attacks in England as part of a broader political campaign for the right to vote. Female militants targeted politicians, churches, and railway stations in attacks that were referred to as “Suffragette Outrages.”
A contemporary cartoon commented on the Suffragette attacks:
Some attacks went further than this, employing arson and bombing attacks against buildings and politicians.
The “Suffragette Outrages” are a reminder that violence should not be thought of as merely masculine. Historians are increasingly exploring records of various periods of the past for further evidence of female political activism and militant activity.