Feminist Cat and Mouse Suffragette Cushion
The front of the cushion shows my restored version of the original 1913 postcard produced by the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) showing a woman trapped in the jaws of a cat. The Cat and Mouse Act was the nickname for legislation introduced by the British Government. Suffragettes jailed for destroying public and private property went on hunger strike. When they fell sick, the women were freed only to be arrested again, thus the cat and mouse nickname. The wording reads: ‘The Cat and Mouse Act Passed by the Liberal Government - The Liberal Cat - Electors Vote Against Him! Keep the Liberal out! Buy and read The Suffragette. Price 1d.’ On the back is the cover of the Suffragette newspaper published in 1912. There's an illustration of Joan of Arc, the militant feminists’ ideal woman, carrying the WSPU flag. Her tabard is stamped with the word Justice. Edited by Pankhurst’s oldest daughter, Christabel, the cover of the magazine was designed by Hilda Dallas. Mrs Pankhurst (1858-1928) was one of the founders of the British Suffragette Movement which fought to win women the right to vote. There's a stylized decorative border either side. You can change the background colours to suit simply by using the customize button. The poster would be perfect for feminists and cat lovers, of course!