Workers' Dreadnought

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Workers' Dreadnought
For International Socialism
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Workers' Socialist Federation
Founder(s) Sylvia Pankhurst
Publisher Dreadnought Publications
Editor Sylvia Pankhurst
General manager Harold Burgess
Founded March 8, 1914 (1914-03-08)
Political alignment Far left
Language English
Ceased publication June 14, 1924 (1924-06-14)
Headquarters 152 Fleet Street
City London
Country United Kingdom
Circulation 10,000 (as of 1917)[1]

Workers' Dreadnought was a newspaper published by variously named political parties led by Sylvia Pankhurst.

The paper was started by Pankhurst at the suggestion of Zelie Emerson,[2] after Pankhurst had been expelled from the Women's Social and Political Union by her mother and sister. The paper was published on behalf of the newly formed East London Federation of Suffragettes.

Provisionally titled Workers' Mate, the newspaper first appeared on 8 March 1914, the day of suffragette rally at which Pankhurst was due to speak, in Trafalgar Square, as The Woman's Dreadnought, with a circulation of 30,000.[citation needed]

When the editor was imprisoned, Norah Smyth alternated as acting editor with Jack O'Sullivan.[3] For many years, Smyth had used her photography skills to provide pictures for the newspaper of East End life, particularly of women and children living in poverty.[4]

In July 1917 the name was changed to Workers' Dreadnought,[5] which initially had a circulation of 10,000. Its slogan changed to "Socialism, Internationalism, Votes for All", and then in July 1918 to "For International Socialism", reflecting increasing opposition to Parliamentarism in the party.[6]

On 19 June 1920 Workers' Dreadnought was adopted as the official weekly organ of the Communist Party (British Section of the Third International).[7] Pankhurst continued publishing the newspaper until June 1924.[8]


  1. ^ Davis, Mary (1999). Sylvia Pankhurst: A Life in Radical Politics. London: Pluto Press. p. 55. ISBN 0745315232.
  2. ^ "Workers' Dreadnought". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  3. ^ Ian Bullock, Romancing the Revolution: The Myth of Soviet Democracy and the British Left, p.239
  4. ^ Rosemary Betterton, An Intimate Distance: Women, Artists and the Body, p.73
  5. ^ M. A. S. Shipway, Anti-Parliamentary Communism in Britain 1917-1945, vol.1, p.26
  6. ^ M. A. S. Shipway, Anti-Parliamentary Communism in Britain 1917-1945, vol.1, pp.31-32
  7. ^ 'Communist Party (British Section of the Third International)', Workers' Dreadnought, Vol VII No.14 26 June 1919 p
  8. ^ M. A. S. Shipway, Anti-Parliamentary Communism in Britain 1917-1945, vol.1, p.191

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