Handing on the Suffrage Science jewellery is a vote of confidence by one woman for another. This resonates with the Suffragette movement for votes for women from which the scheme draws both its name and its inspiration. Dr Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, is a loyal supporter of the scheme. Emmeline founded the Women’s Social and Political Union, with the motto “Deeds not Words”. The union presented women with specially commissioned medals featuring the colours of the Suffragette movement - green for hope, purple for dignity and white for purity - to acknowledge their contribution to the fight for equal voting rights, eventually granted in the UK in 1928.

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"Purple as everyone knows is the royal colour. It stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette, the instinct of freedom and dignity…white stands for purity in private and public life…green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring."
Mrs. Pethick-Lawrence, treasurer and co-editor of the weekly newspaper Votes for Women explains the symbolism of the colours used by the WSPU, 1908.

Since the start of the Suffrage Science scheme, students on the BA Jewellery Design course at Central St Martins-UAL have created the winning designs, with direction from course tutor, Giles Last and course director, Caroline Broadhead. Once the two winning designs have been chosen, they are crafted from those designs by jewellery-maker, Martin Baker.

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Pendant (left) designer Benita Gikaite says, “I have taken this Masonic charm as a symbol of man power and I have given it to women.” Designer Anya Malhorta engraved the brooch (right) with the words ‘invention’, ‘discovery’, ‘innovation’, ‘creativity’ and ‘power’.

Green peridot, purple amethyst and white moonstone minerals are embedded in Lola Lou’s pendant (left). Diana Dong says her brooch (right) is inspired by “the strength, belief and courage that exist deep within each woman’s heart.”

Designed by Veronica Fabian, the brooch (left) is made from gold punched tape and reflects the fields of mathematics and computing. The bracelet (right), designed by Emine Gulsal, is engraved with what many mathematicians consider to be the most beautiful of all mathematical equations.