After university, Robinson became a teacher at Altrincham Pupil-Teacher Centre, where Dora Marsden (later editor of The Freewoman) was assistant-mistress and later headmistress. Whilst at Altrincham, Cheshire, Robinson and Marsden developed a mutual interest in women's suffrage. Both left the school after a dispute over wages to concentrate their attention on Women's Social and Political Union activities, becoming paid regional representatives. Both were imprisoned for a month after taking part in a deputation to see the Prime Minister, Herbert Asquith in 1909.
Robinson was arrested for a second time with Marsden and fellow suffragette Mary Gawthorpe for disrupting the opening of laboratories[when?] by the Chancellor of the Victoria University of Manchester with questions about recent force-feeding tactics employed by the prison wardens holding hunger-striking suffragettes. The rough handling employed by the police reputedly moved the Chancellor to pressure the University into not pressing charges.
Robinson was a Gilchrist postgraduate scholar in Home Science and Economics at King’s College for Women in 1912, but resigned citing that the course offered was "worthless from an educational point of view".
- "Spink Medal Newsletter". Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- The Freewoman, 1912, Vol 1 No 13 p 256
- Les Garner Dora Marsden: A Brave and Beautiful Spirit. Aldershot : Avebury, c1990.
- pp. 18–33; 36 & 47
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