Rebel Girls : How Votes for Women Changed Edwardian Lives, Paperback Book

Rebel Girls : How Votes for Women Changed Edwardian Lives Paperback

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Rejecting the deadening conventions of their Victorian elders, the rebel girls demanded new freedoms and new rights.

They took their suffrage message out to the remotest Yorkshire dales and fishing harbours, to win Edwardian hearts and minds. 16-year-old Huddersfield weaver Dora Thewlis on arrest was catapulted onto the tabloid front-pages as 'Baby Suffragette'.

Her life was transformed. Dancer Lilian Lenton waited till her twenty-first birthday - then determined to burn two buildings a week until the Liberal government granted women the vote.

Rebel Girls shows how this daring campaigning shifted from community suffragettes to militant mavericks.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Gender studies: women
  • ISBN: 9781844081684

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This was not the book I thought I was buying. From the cover blurb, I was hoping for a broad-based overview of the Votes for Women campaign in Britain. What I actually got was a very Yorkshire-focused narrative of the early 20th century (1906 - 1914) centered around a small group of women. Nevertheless there was enough background here of the national movement to not lose those of us whose first exposure to the subject this is, and the book was a pretty good read.