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Swadhinata Trust presents

Indian Suffragettes.


Although popular Suffragette legend might have you believing only white women were entrenched in the cause for women’s suffrage in Britain, there were a number of Indian suffragettes and suffragists who took part.

Most notably, Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire and goddaughter of Queen Victoria, helped lead marches and played up her perceived ‘exoticness’ in order to bring much-needed attention to the movement.


For International Women’s Week, we will shed light on some of her contributions, as well as that of the other wealthy Indian women fighting for suffrage in the 1900s to 1910s.

International Women’s day 8th March 2018 4-5pm


Whitechapel Ideastore

321 Whitechapel Road


E1 1BU


  • Julie Begum says:

    Indian Suffragettes event at Whitechapel Ideastore yesterday on International Women’s Day 2018 was well attended by diverse audiences, young & old men & women from different ethnic backgrounds and event the Tower Hamlets Mayor, John Biggs made an appearance.

  • Julie Begum says:

    An updated talk on Indian Suffragettes talk at Bishopsgate Institute 14th March 11-1pm took place with new research findings on South Asian women’s participation in the British suffrage movement.

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