Emmeline Pankhurst (July 15, 1858–June 14, 1928) was a British suffragette who championed the cause of women's voting rights in Great Britain in the early 20th century, founding the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903. Emmeline was further shocked to see a report from a newspaper in the US that declared that "Miss Pankhurst" – a title usually reserved for Christabel – boasted of her child being a triumph of "eugenics", since both parents were healthy and intelligent. Emmeline Pankhurst was born on 14 July 1858 in Moss Side, Manchester. Sexist, misogynists postcards from the early 20th century depict the sneering attitudes towards the Suffragette movement and its members, including famous campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst. In the article, Sylvia also spoke of her belief that "marriage without legal union" was the most sensible option for liberated women.

Her family were very wealthy and her parents were both politically active.