‘On 4th June 1913, Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison ran in front of the King’s horse during the Epsom Derby and was knocked unconscious. She died of her injuries four days later having never regained consciousness. Acting on the suffragette slogan ‘Deeds not Words’, Davison’s protest against the refusal of Britain’s rulers to grant votes for women made her a martyr for democracy and women’s rights.
A hundred years on from Emily Davison’s last protest we still face inequality and oppression. It’s vital that the sacrifice she made in the fight for democracy and women’s rights is remembered. The Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign has been set up to campaign for a minute’s silence at the 2013 Derby Day in her memory. You can sign the sign the petition here.’
See also Guardian Letters: Derby day tribute