The women’s suffrage movement was particularly strong in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. In the United Kingdom, the Women’s Social and Political Union, under the leadership of Emmeline Pankhurst, fought hard for change. Known as the suffragettes, they endured a particularly violent and slow journey to women’s suffrage—more so than their counterparts in Australia. Agitators for women’s suffrage were often criminalised or persecuted for their actions. Many used aliases to protect their real identity.