It’s an interesting read into the world of the women back in the 1900’s who were trying to get their right to vote.
Emmeline Pankhurst makes it a rather good read, but I found that something was lacking, yet I can’t put my finger on it.
While reading – and Pankhurst herself stated this in the book – it was her daughter’s who made her think harder about what it meant to be a feminist and what length’s she should be willing to go; this is also coupled with what she has seen in a job as a register, getting the birth of children and finding that some of them who are registering the birth’s are mere girls.
The chain of events are then put into action, however it is also worth to note that it wasn’t just women who were part of the movement, which later on became more ‘violent’ – I say ‘violent’ like that because no one was hurt, the bombs that were set off were always set in unoccupied homes or places. It was a dramatic way to get the public’s attention and lead to the sweating of the government.
Although Pankhurst say’s that she is the leader of the group, I find myself thinking, further on in the book, that it’s actually her daughter Christabel who is in command with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), although it would appear that her mother is the face of the WSPU.
The reading makes you (or at least to me) grateful that women today in the UK, the USA and the Republic of Ireland all have the right to vote. Pankhurst touched upon the American women activists, who were interested to learn more about what the women in Britain were doing to try and get the right to vote.
The book ends with the coming of the Great War, where a truce was held (this is stated at the beginning of the book by Pankhurst), part of me wished there was a little note at the end to say exactly what happened after the war for women’s rights and what became of the WSPU.
Instead I found myself reaching for Google to help fill in the gaps.
Overall it’s a good book to start reading about the basic origins of feminism in the UK, but if you want something a bit more gritty and modern to keep you in-touch with feminism today you’d be better off looking else where.
A historic piece about the oppression of women back in the day.