A potent symbol of the efforts of women to obtain the vote, this medal was awarded to Myra Sadd Brown, a suffragette who was sentenced to two months hard labour for breaking a window in the British War Office.
Myra was part of the suffragette movement in Britain led by Emmeline Pankhurst, who in 1903 formed the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union. Between 1905 and 1914, about 1000 women were imprisoned for campaigning for political equality with men.
In prison, Myra was part of a group of suffragettes who went on hunger strike and ended up being restrained and force-fed through tubes inserted down their throats.
Women in Britain won the right to vote in 1918, sixteen years after non-Indigenous Australian women.
Presented as part of Women's History Month, this is a rare opportunity to see the medal awarded to Myra Sadd Brown on display.