Discrimination is unfair treatment of one particular person or group of people. Usually the different treatment is because of the person's sex, religion, nationality, culture or race.
Women didn't have the same civil rights as men in Britain in the 19h century. They were second-class citizens and couldn’t vote in national elections. Emmeline Pankhurst and her husband Richard believed in equality for women. They wanted all women to be able to vote: this was called universal suffrage. Richard died, but Emmeline continued fighting for women’s rights
The suffragettes organised meetings and made speeches, they wrote articles and letters and sent them to newspapers and political leaders. They organised demonstrations, and interrupted political meetings and some suffragettes were violent: they attacked politicians and started fires. The police arrested Emmeline many times.
When the first World War began, Britain needed new workers because a lot of men were at war and women did jobs that were traditionally for men. Finally, in 1928, the British government gave equal voting rights to men and women. Everybody over the age of 21 could vote. Emmeline died that year but she died knowing that women could finally vote.