Theresa Garnett (1888, Leeds – 1966) is a british suffragette. She works for some time as a teacher. In 1907, she join the Women"s Social and Political Union (WSPU) after being inspired by a speech given by Adela Pankhurst.
In April 1909, she spark some interest by chaining herself, along with four other activists, to a statue in the Central Lobby of the Houses of Parliament to protest against a law forbidding precisely this kind of thing - disorderly conduct within the Palace of Westminster when the Parliament was in session.
On November 14, 1909, she assaulted Winston Churchill at the Bristol gare, with a horsewhip, but failed to cause any injury. Arrested, she"s sentenced to a month in prison at the Her Majesty Prison Bristol for disturbing the peace (Churchill didn"t press charges for the assault itself).
She goes on a hunger strike, is force-federal, tries to put her cell on fire, and finish her time in hospital. In 1910, she becomes organizer for the WSPU in Camberwell, but leaves the Union after some disagreement about the WPSU"s arson campaign.
She stays favorable to the feminist movement, becoming honorary editor for the Women"s Freedom League bulletin in 1960.
During the first world war, she works as a sister at the Royal London Hospital and in France. She dies in 1966, almost penniless.