Emmeline Pankhurst

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope that each of our pieces will make you feel beautiful throughout your day and to remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


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"You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way."
 

Voting is a right that so many of us take for granted (and unfortunately, some don't even take advantage of it)  but in our not too distant past, many were fighting for it. A lot of us in the States are somewhat familiar with the Suffragettes of the 1920s and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 but our friends across the pond were also fighting their own battles. 
Emmeline Pankhurst was one such fighter. 
Pankhurst was born July 15, 1858 into a politically active family and was introduced the Suffragette movement at the young age of 14.  She later became a leader in the British Suffragette movement and founded the Women's Political and Social Union (WPSU) in 1903. She and her family became known for their militant and controversial tactics including arson and vandalism. During their several prison sentences, they also staged hunger strikes to protest unfair jail conditions. 
With the onset of World War 1, Pankhurst directed her energy towards supporting the British fight against the Germans and encouraged young men to fight. The WPSU was transformed into the Women's Party which was focused on promoting women's equality. She continued to fight for this until she passed away on June 14, 2928; two weeks before voting rights were extended to young women 21 years and older.