Votes for Women

Votes for Women : The Virago Book of Suffragettes

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Queen Victoria is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad wicked folly of women's rights, with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor sex is bent' - 1870 It was a bloody and dangerous war lasting several decades, won finally by sheer will and determination in 1928. Drawing on extracts from diaries, newspapers, letters, journals and books, Joyce Marlow has pieced together this inspiring, poignant and exciting history using the voices of the women themselves. Some of the people and events are well-known, but Marlow has gone beyond the obvious, particularly beyond London, to show us the ordinary women - middle and working-class, who had the breathtaking courage to stand up and be counted - or just as likely hectored, or pelted with eggs. These women were clever and determined, knew the power of humour and surprise and exhibited 'unladylike' passion and bravery. Joyce Marlow's anthology is lively, comprehensive, surprising and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 284 x 288 x 6mm | 140g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1860498965
  • 9781860498961
  • 367,168

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A cleverly assembled patchwork of press cuttings, diary entries and journal extracts comes together here to make up a colourful and moving narrative of the women's suffrage movement SCOTSMAN [A] fascinating anthology... what makes it so interesting is not just the coverage of the main events...but the lesser known details. THE TIMESshow more

About Joyce Marlow

Joyce Marlow was born and grew up in Manchester. She started her working life as an actress before turning to full-time writing. She is the author of The Virago Book of Women and the Great War. Married with two sons, she lives in the High Peak district of more

Review Text

From its first origins dating back to 1832 to the final triumph of universal suffrage in 1928, the course of women's gaining of the vote was a slow and arduous one, called 'the strangest battle in English History' by Harriet Mitchell. Witnessing 'history in the making' is always fascinating and here there's the opportunity to follow the British movement from inception to victory or merely to dip in and browse at leisure. Compiled from a wide variety of source material, the book examines every aspect of the suffrage debate, including testimony both from those strongly in favour and those bitterly opposed to the proposition of enfranchising women. Famous names like that of Christabel Parkhurst are well represented but so too are the body of ordinary women who formed an integral - if often unsung - part of the movement's eventual success. As a natural successor to Marlow's previous volume, The Virago Book of Women and The Great War, the suffragettes story is an inspiring tale of everyday courage and fortitude that transformed the face of contemporary society. (Kirkus UK)show more

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