Many suffragette prisoners began hunger strikes as a means of protest and to have their status as political prisoners acknowledged. In 1909, a new policy of forcible feeding was introduced by prison authorities to break the suffragettes' resistance. The practice attracted public outcry because of its harmful effects on prisoners' health. Nevertheless, it remained in use until the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and the end of militant campaigning by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).
This report appeared in 'The Suffragette' on October 1913.
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