British & Irish History Books
Giving insight into life for women over the last hundred years like never before, The Century Girls is an eye-opening window into how the seismic political and social changes of the last century have fundamentally changed ordinary women’s lives. From the women’s suffrage movement and gaining the vote, to the aftermath of the Second World War, the Thatcher era and beyond, this is a unique social history delivered through the personal testimony of six ordinary women who saw the century unfurl.
A celebration of the one-hundred years since British women got the vote, told, in their own voices, by six centenarians: Helena, Olive, Edna, Joyce, Ann and Phyllis - The Century Girls.
In 2018, Britain celebrates the centenary of women getting the vote. During the intervening ten decades the lives of women in this country have been transformed beyond recognition. Told in their own voices, The Century Girls celebrates six centenarians who lived that change: what they saw, how they were treated, who they loved, what they did and where they are now. With stories that are intimately knitted into the history of these islands, The Century Girls is a time-travel adventure featuring some of society's oldest witnesses.
In 1918 the Suffragettes famously blazed the trail for women, this book reveals what came next for girls growing up in twentieth century Great Britain, whether they resided in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland; whether they were housewives, or in the workplace; from the city, the countryside, or coming to the British Isles from the one of the Commonwealth countries.
The narrative travels through the experiences of some key figures who are now themselves well over a hundred years old: Joyce from Cambridge; Ann from Richmond; Edna from Wroughton; Olive from Archway, London; Phyllis from Edinburgh; and finally, Helena from Brecon. Through the prism of their own experiences and memories, it tells the human story of how women gradually began to build independent lives for themselves in the modern world of post-Great War Britain, by re-telling what their actual day-to-day reality was like, through the decades.
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