The Suffragette Campaign – Eleanor Higginson and Grace Roe

In this extract from ‘Woman’s Hour’, Antonia Raeburn talks to Eleanor Higginson and Grace Roe, who was Christabel Pankhurst’s chief organiser. They recall how the movement progressed from peaceful meetings in drawing rooms to public protest gatherings, where they prepared to shield themselves against violent encounters by wearing cardboard corsets and protecting their breasts with cotton wool.