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My Own Story : Inspiration for the major motion picture Suffragette

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Don't miss Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst in the major motion picture Suffragette.

Emmeline Pankhurst was raised in a world that valued men over women. At fourteen she attended her first suffrage meeting and returned home a confirmed suffragist. Throughout her career she endured humiliation, prison, hunger strikes and the repeated frustration of her aims by men in power but she rose to become the guiding light of the Suffragette movement. This is Pankhurst's story, in her own words, of her struggle for equality.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 22mm | 245g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film Tie-In
  • 1784871257
  • 9781784871253
  • 154,169

Review Text

"The finished product rests somewhere between a gripping novel and a painstaking historical record. No view of the suffragette story is complete without this comprehensive puzzle piece."
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"She shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back" * Time * "She put body and soul at the service of liberty, equality and fraternity and secured a triumph for them" -- Rebecca West "Emmeline Pankhurst fought for women's suffrage with indomitable courage" * Guardian * "The finished product rests somewhere between a gripping novel and a painstaking historical record. No view of the suffragette story is complete without this comprehensive puzzle piece." -- Jacqui Agate * The Independent * "She shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back" * Time *
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About Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst was born in 1858 in Manchester, into a politically active family. She became interested in politics at a young age and a supporter of women's suffrage by the age of fourteen. As a teenager she attended school in Paris and on her return to Manchester she met and married Richard Pankhurst, a barrister twenty-four years her senior. Over the next ten years they had five children. Emmeline's interest in politics and involvement in the suffrage movement continued to develop and she was a member of the Women's Franchise League and later the Independent Labour Party. In 1903, frustrated by the lack of progress on securing votes for women, Pankhurst and several colleagues founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), a militant organisation devoted to securing votes for women by direct action. For the following twenty years, members of the WSPU, led by Pankhurst, endured prison and hunger strikes in their struggle to win the right to vote. Their activities were called to a halt by the start of the First World War but in 1918, the government gave voting rights to women over thirty. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men.
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3 17% (206)
2 3% (35)
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