My Own Story

Mrs. Pankhurst's Own Story

PANKHURST, Emmeline

VOTES FOR WOMEN

PANKHURST, Emmeline My Own Story Mrs. Pankhurst's Own Story

Eveleigh Nash, 1914.

First edition. 8vo. Original blue cloth with gilt titles to the spine and upper cover. Frontispiece portrait and fifteen black and white plates from photographs. A very good copy indeed, slight bowing to upper board.

The importance of Emmeline Pankhurst's role in women gaining universal female suffrage is well documented. In 1889, she founded the Women's Franchise League, which fought to allow married women to vote in local elections. In October 1903, she helped found the more militant Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) - an organisation that gained much notoriety for its activities and whose members were the first to be christened 'suffragettes. Emmeline was arrested on numerous occasions over the next few years and went on hunger strike herself, resulting in violent force-feeding. In 1913, in response to the wave of hunger strikes, the government passed what became known as the 'Cat and Mouse' Act. Hunger striking prisoners were released until they grew strong again, and then re-arrested.
This autobiographical account provides a personal insight into the development of the women's suffragist movement and brings home the steadfastness of Mrs Pankhurst's determination to bring the vote to working women. "We interrupted a great many meetings. Always we were violently thrown out and insulted. Often we were painfully bruised and hurt." Published by (Mrs) Eveleigh Nash, a wealthy supporter of the suffragettes, first editions are uncommon.

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