Founded in 1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst, the Women’s Political and Social Union channeled in England the different feminist demands of the time, mainly their demand for equal opportunities and rights. The suffragettes, who inherited a long revolutionary tradition, fought violently to obtain the same rights as men and did not hesitate to resort to spectacular actions. On June 21, 1908, nearly 500,000 supporters of the suffragettes carried out a demonstration in Hyde Park of Manchester, demanding the women’s right to vote. But it was in vain. The government systematically put the suffragettes in prison making sure that it would not kindle the wrath of the public opinion. It was not until after World War I that women over 30 years of age gained the right to vote for the first time in England.