Alice’s Commemorative Plaque
Welcome to the web site created in memory of our valiant grand-mother and great-grandmother of a hundred years ago, Alice Hawkins.
The story of Alice is a tremendous story of one woman’s fight for the most basic of human rights, the right to vote.
Born in 1863, Alice lived most of her life in Leicester. A mother of six and shoe machinist by trade, Alice was determined to have an equal say in the democracy of the day and was imprisoned five times in all in her struggle.
Illustrated with suffragette memorabilia that once belonged to Alice and handed down over the family generations, the web site is intended to offer students, both young and old, the opportunity to learn about the suffragette movement from a personal perspective.
Now safely stored in a Midlands museum, the memorabilia includes Alice’s first arrest warrant, prison notes, press cuttings and postcards from the day. But more importantly, Alice is still within living memory for Vera, Madge and Joan remember their grand-mother and have passed on the stories of her fight for the vote. Their abiding memory is of Alice saying to them:
‘You must use your vote, we suffered for it’.
A message from many years ago, as true today..........