Emily Wilding Davison was a militant activist who fought for women’s suffrage in Britain. She was jailed on nine occasions and force-fed 49 times. She is best known for stepping in front of King George V’s horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on June 4, 1913, sustaining injuries that resulted in her death four days later. Emily Davison’s funeral was organised by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Thousands of suffragettes accompanied the coffin and tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London. Modern historians agree that Davison was trying to disturb the Derby in order to draw attention to her cause, rather than to commit suicide, and 2013 analysis of newsreel has supported the idea that Davison was reaching up to attach a scarf to the bridle of the King’s horse. Analysis of newsreel also indicated that her position before she stepped out onto the track would have given her a clear view of the oncoming race, further countering the belief that she ran out in a haphazard way to kill herself. Davison was 40 years old.
Jen Bulik-Lang was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer earlier this year. She said the news she had just four to six months to live motivated her to “focus on life.” Part of that commitment meant marrying Jeff, her boyfriend of six years. The two became engaged in mid-July, with a plan to wed just two weeks later. Erica Ota, a wedding planner from Emeryville, heard about Jen’s story and volunteered her services to help plan Jen’s dream wedding. Using Jen’s Pinterest page as a guide, Erica convinced more than 60 wedding vendors to donate more than $50,000 in goods and services, including a New Orleans style marching band that lead their guest from ceremony to reception. NBC’s “Today” show aired a story about their wedding as well. As a result, the Langs recieved well-wishes, blessings, and donations to help with Jen’s medical costs from people around the world. In the weeks after their wedding the Langs took advantage of generous offers of places to stay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Sausalito and Lake Tahoe. Jen passed away peacefully today at 35.