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March of the Women - Emily Davison's legacy in classical music
4. Cellblock conductor
Ethel Smyth gave up music for two years to devote herself to the suffragette movement and her composition 'The March of the Women' became its anthem. When the great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham visited her in Holloway prison, he saw suffragettes marching in the quad singing the song, as Smyth leaned out of her cell window conducting with her toothbrush.