"And when things were really bad, I remembered Vicky, and I thought, "It will all be worth while, if only my daughter can have a say in the government of this country like any other intelligent human being.""
Lady Prentiss was a suffragette. Of Welsh descent, she was married to Sir Peregrine Prentiss and mother to Vicky Prentiss and at least one other child. By 1916, she lived near Malvern with her husband.
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As a mother, Lady Prentiss taught her children her native language of Welsh.
Devoted to the cause of women's suffrage, Lady Prentiss was one of several who took drastic action to bring attention to the issue. Arrested, she and few fellow suffragettes went on hunger strikes, and were forcibly fed. She survived, inspired by affecting her daughter's fate, and knowing that her husband supported her, to the detriment of his career in the diplomatic corps. However, she had become disabled, and required the use of a wheelchair.
In May 1916, she and her husband received a visit from their daughter and her companion, a young American named Indiana Jones. Over tea, they discussed Jones' enlistment and Lady Prentiss' experience in prison as a suffragette.