Emily Wilding Davison was born on the 11th of October1872 in Blackheath, London.
Emily attended Royal Holloway College and Oxford University but because she was a woman, she was forbidden to obtain a degree. She then became a teacher.
Emily decided to leave teaching and in 1909 she became a full time member of the Suffragette movement. She was arrested on many occasions for damage including smashing windows and setting fire to postboxes.
Along with other members of the Suffragettes, Emily went on hunger strike to protest against the fact that the Government would not acknowledge them as political prisoners. She refused to leave her cell and it was then flooded by the guards.
On the 4th June 1913, Emily attended the Epsom Derby. She ran onto the track in an attempt to tie a flag to the King's horse, but she was trampled in the process and suffered terrible injuries.
On the 8th June 1913, Emily died as a result of her injuries from the Epsom Derby. She was treated as a martyr and her actions ultimaley led to women gaining the right to vote 5 years later.