|Emily Inspires Us Yet - Words
and music- Sandra KerrFeb 2013.
1. Daughter of Northumberland, Sister to us all - SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
Down through the century, still we hear you call - EMILY INSPIRES US YET
SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
YOUR NAME WILL REMAIN, AND WE NEVER WILL FORGET
YOUR BRAVERY IN THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY
EMILY INSPIRES US YET.
2. Suffrage was your passion and suffrage was your cause - SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
' Women are not free while men only make the laws' - EMILY INSPIRES US YET "
3. A scholar and a teacher, mighty with the pen - SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
And now for education women fight again - EMILY INSPIRES US YET.
4. Loving to all children, loyal to each friend - SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
'gainst women's subjugation, faithful to the end - EMILY INSPIRES US YET
5. Your health, and then your life: everything you had, you gave - SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
So no man should play the tyrant- no woman be the slave - EMILY INSPIRES US YET
6. Your deeds we will remember though stone it may decay - SING EMILY, SING LIBERTY
And we'll sing for all women struggling in the world today - EMILY INSPIRES US YET.
Davison grew up in a middle-class family, and studied at Royal Holloway College, London, and St Hugh's College, Oxford, before taking jobs as a teacher and governess. She joined the WSPU in November 1906 and became an officer of the organisation and a chief steward during marches. She soon became known in the organisation for her daring militant action; her tactics included breaking windows, throwing stones, setting fire to postboxes and, on three occasions, hiding overnight in the Palace of Westminster—including on the night of the 1911 census. Her funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the union. A procession of 5,000 suffragettes and their supporters accompanied her coffin and 50,000 people lined the route through London; her coffin was then taken by train to the family plot in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Davison was a staunch feminist and passionate Christian, and considered that socialism was a moral and political force for good. Much of her life has been interpreted through the manner of her death. She gave no prior explanation for what she planned to do at the Derby and the uncertainty of her motives and intentions has affected how she has been judged by history. Several theories have been put forward, including accident, suicide, or an attempt to pin a suffragette banner to the king's horse; none has ever been proven.