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Struggle and Suffrage in Bristol (Paperback)

Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality

Local History P&S History Social History Women of History

By Christina Hollis
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Struggle and Suffrage
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781526717696
Published: 28th February 2019

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It’s freezing, pitch black, and silent— apart from the sound of rats under the bed your wheezing children share. Snow has blown in under the door overnight. Fetching all the water you need from the communal well will be a slippery job today. If your husband gives you some money, your family can eat. If not, hard luck. You’ll all have to go hungry. Welcome to the life of a Victorian woman living in one of Bristol’s riverside tenements.

Women lurked in the footnotes of history until they gained an element of control, first over their own money, later their vote and finally, their lives. Much of that progress was driven by women themselves. It took a hundred years of hard work, lobbying and violence before their lives improved to anything like today’s standards. The only way was up—and Bristol women led the way.

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About Christina Hollis

Christina Hollis spent her childhood being shuttled back and forth across Bristol between her two sets of grandparents, who lived on opposite sides of the city.

She started her working life in an office overlooking Temple Gate, before moving to one that looked down on the Bear Pit, Stoke’s Croft. After a spell in Rolls-Royce’s Technical Library, Filton, she became a full-time writer.

Christina now lives in the Forest of Dean with her husband and two children. Her non-fiction articles have appeared in many national magazines, from The Lady to the Royal Horticultural Society’s periodical The Garden. Christina has also written more than twenty novels, which have been translated into nearly two dozen languages.

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