updated: 28/03/2009

look-alikes: Sylvia Pankhurst

Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (1882–1960) was a notable campaigner for the suffragette movement in the United Kingdom. In 1906, she started to work full-time with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) which was led by her sister and her mother, but unlike them she retained her interest in the labour movement. In 1914 she broke with the WSPU over its support for the First World War. Sylvia set up the East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS), which over the years evolved politically into the Workers’ Socialist Federation. She was briefly a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) but was expelled. Thereafter she remained heavily involved in the struggle against fascism and colonialism. She moved to Ethiopia in 1956 and was given a state funeral there when she died in 1960.

Shoulder to Shoulder (1974): If anyone has images from this BBC mini-series please themakeupgallery.

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969): Sylvia Pankhurst (Vanessa Redgrave – appropriate casting) appeared in this movie based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the ‘Game of War’. Stuart Freeborn was the makeup artist.