In the same year that Meryl Streep plays the role of feminist
Emmeline Pankhurst in Hollywood movie Suffragette, Hesperus Press
is proud to present Pankhurst's gripping memoir: Suffragette: My
Own Story. With insight and great wit, Emmeline's autobiography
chronicles the beginnings of her interest in feminism through to
her militant and controversial fight for women's right to vote.
While Emmeline received a good education, attending an all-girls
school and being, she rebelled against conventional women's roles.
At the age of fourteen a meeting of women's rights activists
sparked a lifelong passion in her to fight for women's freedom and
she would later claim that it was on that day she became a
suffragist.As one after another of the proposed feminist bills were
defeated in parliament, Pankhurst was inspired to turn to extreme
actions. While she was the figurehead of the suffragette movement,
it advocated some controversial tactics such as arson, violent
protest and hunger strikes. Even today there is still debate about
the effectiveness of her extreme strategies, but her work is
recognised as a crucial element in achieving women's suffrage in
Britain.Her mantle was taken up by her daughters and granddaughter
with her legacy still very much alive today.