Emmeline Pethick Lawrence worked imaginatively in 1908 when devising the colours of the Women’s Social and Political Union (1903-1917). She gave her reasons for choosing the colours, as white stood for purity in private and public life. She said she’d been told to go home and do the washing, mostly by men, when she spoke to audiences in the East End. She thought that women wanted to do more than washing, and do things in politics instead, like clean things up. Lawrence explained that green was for hope and for her it was the emblem of spring, and of new hope that entered into the world with the woman’s movement. Purple, she explained was the symbol of royalty and for every suffragette, she thought that it represented their instinct for freedom and for dignity.