1909 was a violent year for the women's suffrage movement. "The most serious incident," says author Andrew Rosen, occurred "when Winston Churchill, who had just alighted from a railway carriage, was attacked by a suffragette wielding a riding-switch." [The Awl]
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Speaking as someone who has been smacked with a riding switch without her consent (I'm not kidding—Halloween in the Village can be dangerous) my heart goes out to PM Churchill.