Kitty and the Cats: Mrs Pankhurst's suffragette bodyguard and the London police

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Dr Emelyne Godfrey


In 1913, a group of women was formed to protect Emmeline Pankhurst from being rearrested under the Cat and Mouse Act. A member of this elite team, known as the ‘Bodyguard’, was Emily Katherine (Kitty) Willoughby Marshall.

Her memoir, Suffragette Escapes and Adventures, is kept at the Museum of London. Kitty was supported by her husband Arthur, a lawyer who was based in the City of London. Arthur courted physical danger and often risked his reputation to defend suffragettes in the street and in court.

Dr Emelyne Godfrey is author of Kitty and the Cats: Mrs Pankhurst’s Suffragette Bodyguard and the Police on her Trail (2019) as well as Femininity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature (2012).

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