Rise Up Women!: The Remarkable Lives of the Suffragettes (Hardback)Dr Diane Atkinson (author)
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An Observer Pick of 2018
A New Statesman Book of 2018
Marking the centenary of female suffrage, this definitive history charts women's fight for the vote through the lives of those who took part, in a timely celebration of an extraordinary struggle. Bringing together the voices of women from all walks of life who were drawn into the movement (including those whose experience has traditionally been overlooked), it provides a newly expansive view of a cause which inspired and shaped a country.
Between the death of Queen Victoria and the outbreak of the First World War, while the patriarchs of the Liberal and Tory parties vied for supremacy in parliament, the campaign for women's suffrage was fought with great flair and imagination in the public arena.
Led by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia, the suffragettes and their actions would come to define protest movements for generations to come.
From their marches on Parliament and 10 Downing Street, to the selling of their paper, Votes for Women, through to the more militant activities of the Women's Social and Political Union, whose slogan 'Deeds Not Words!' resided over bombed pillar-boxes, acts of arson and the slashing of great works of art, the women who participated in the movement endured police brutality, assault, imprisonment and force-feeding, all in the relentless pursuit of one goal: the right to vote.
A hundred years on, Diane Atkinson celebrates the lives of the women who answered the call to 'Rise Up'; a richly diverse group that spanned the divides of class and country, women of all ages who were determined to fight for what had been so long denied. Actresses to mill-workers, teachers to doctors, seamstresses to scientists, clerks, boot-makers and sweated workers, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and English; a wealth of women's lives are brought together for the first time, in this meticulously researched, vividly rendered and truly defining biography of a movement.
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 688
Weight: 1240 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
"With sobering precision, Rise Up Women! charts the atrocities that took place in and out of Holloway" - Daily Telegraph
“Atkinson rightly dedicates much of her book to the many hundreds of less celebrated figures whose fight was no less dogged … What stays in the mind is the sheer bloody-minded determination and courage of a large number of these campaigners, as well as the little remembered brutality of the police and the government towards them.” - The Observer
"A definitive history of the suffragettes ... Atkinson exhorts her readers to salute the suffragettes. She is right to so do." - Lucy Fisher, The Times
"A thrilling and inspiring read! For too long these extraordinary women have been hidden from history. Rise Up Women! should be a standard text in all schools." - Harriet Harman MP
"Rise Up Women! is heartbreaking, inspiring and incredibly rewarding to read" - Dr Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana
"Patiently, skilfully and empathetically, Diane Atkinson gives us the fullest, most insightful history yet of the suffragette movement" - David Kynaston, author of Austerity Britain
"Rise up and buy this book! Diane Atkinson has produced an instant classic of feminist history." - Rachel Holmes, author of Eleanor Marx
"A shocking and yet curiously exhilarating history of a group of women from all classes who simply refused to be crushed ... Atkinson makes us feel so proud of that fight." - Miranda Seymour, author of Noble Endeavours
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