„The first time I went into the place I was horrified to see little girls seven and eight years old on their knees scrubbing the cold stones of the long corridors... bronchitis was epidemic among them most of the time... I found that there were pregnant women in that workhouse, scrubbing floors, doing the hardest kind of work, almost until their babies came into the world... Of course the babies are very badly protected... These poor, unprotected mothers and their babies I am sure were potent factors in my education as a militant.“
— Emmeline Pankhurst
My Own Story (1914), pp. 25–28.