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Secret Missions of the Suffragettes (Hardback)

Glassbreakers and Safe Houses

P&S History > British History Women of History

By Jennifer Godfrey
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 50 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399013963
Published: 23rd April 2024


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Over two evenings in March 1912, more than 250 women – old and young, rich and poor, strong and delicate – were arrested and charged with using hammers and stones to smash the windows of shops and offices across London. The youngest amongst them was 19-year-old teenager glass breaker and Kent working maid, Ethel Violet Baldock, whilst the eldest was 79-year-old Mrs Hilda Eliza Brackenbury, owner of suffragette safe house, Mouse Castle, in Campden Hill Square.

These two evenings would later become known as the Women’s Social and Political Union’s window smashing Great Militant Protest. The protest, driven by WSPU leader Emmeline Pankhurst, was against the government and their refusal to include women in their reform bill, which would give women the right to vote. Secret Missions of the Suffragettes examines this protest in great detail, before going on to explore 'behind the scenes' of the movement - the suffragette safe houses and rest homes as well as their daring escapes whilst under police surveillance, their self defence training and use of disguises, codes and alias names.

Discover the stories, motives, plans, tactics and antics of the suffragettes and their supporters and explore the connections, friendships and collaborations that helped shape the course of history for women in Britain.

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About Jennifer Godfrey

Jennifer Godfrey is a first time author. She enjoys listening to and learning from other people’s stories. Having previously been a Solicitor she trained to accurately convey accounts of an event or situation. Whilst working at a mental health charity, Jennifer listened to stories and experiences and used these to create resources for young people. Writing Suffragettes of Kent has enabled Jennifer to become an advocate once again, but this time for historic Kent voices.

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