Swadhinata Trust presents  International Women’s event on 8th March 2018

By 6th February 2018Blog

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.

  • Maher Anjum says:

    Good morning

    Congratulations Julie for the session yesterday. Much enjoyed. Very informative. My mother loved it!

    Best, Maher

  • Roshni Hirani says:

    Hi Julie,

    Many thanks for inviting us yesterday; brilliant turn out, it was great to see so many people in the room wanting to hear about Indian Suffragettes which indeed aren’t as well-known to the community than suffragettes such as Emmeline Pankhurst so really great to platform this.

    I think you spoke really well; I was hooked in from start to finish! Useful to have information too like the books we can read to further our knowledge.

    Many thanks again for an engaging talk! 


  • Sarah Ainslie says:

    I really enjoyed it and have a host of wonderful women to look up and explore, thank you. xx

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