Rose Lamartine Yates, 1875 to 1954
Royal Holloway College alumna, 1896
Rose Lamartine Yates was a social campaigner and suffragette. She was one of 28 demonstrators arrested and sentenced to a month’s imprisonment for her involvement in a deputation from Caxton Hall to the House of Commons in 1909.
Yates’s arrest prompted Punch, a weekly magazine of humour and satire, to print a set of verses criticising her for abandoning her eight month old son during this time.
Yates became honorary secretary of the Wimbledon Women's Social and Political Union in 1910 an under her leadership it flourished. Fellow Royal Holloway alumna, Emily Wilding Davison, addressed the branch on one occasion. Yates was with Davison when she died and headed a guard of honour for her funeral. Yates’s solicitor husband, Thomas Lamartine Yates, represented the Davison family at the inquest into her death.
To mark the centenary of votes for women, Royal Holloway, University of London, and the UK Parliament have developed a range of resources and an online course exploring the history of women's rights and suffrage.