The Suffragette Who Knew Jiu-Jitsu

When we saw a plaque going up in north London to celebrate the life of Edith Margaret Garrud, we knew we wanted to do some celebration too. So we did this homage to the formidable feminist in our recent Feminist Issue – we also turned one of Edith’s stirring anti-police quotes into a sticker, so you can spread the word too.

Among the first female practitioners of Jiu-Jitsu in the western world, she is remembered for having trained the Bodyguard unit of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WPSU) in jim-jitsu self-defence techniques. The Bodyguard fought a number of well-publicised hand-to-hand combats with police officers who were attempting to arrest their leaders:

“We have not yet made ourselves a match for the police, and we have got to do it. The police know jiu-jitsu. I advise you to learn jiujitsu. Women should practise it as well as men.”

Edith Margaret Garrud


Feminist Issue - page 24 & 25