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Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford (Paperback)

Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality

Local History P&S History Social History Women of History Struggle and Suffrage

By Stephen Wynn
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Struggle and Suffrage
Pages: 136
ISBN: 9781526716064
Published: 31st March 2019

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Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford is a comprehensive account of what life was like for women in Chelmsford from 1850-1950. It takes the reader on an in-depth and interesting journey, starting from when a woman, as far as both the law of the land and certain elements of society had decided, was worthless with little or no rights. For many it was no more than an existence, one which society had determined was their lot in life. With the birth of women’s suffrage movements gaining recognition on a national level during the latter years of the nineteenth century, the story looks at how this affected the lives of women throughout Chelmsford.

The story continues in to the twentieth century, where it looks at the years of the First World War, which was without question a major turning point in women’s suffrage. The book looks at what women achieved throughout the years of the war, in the jobs that they undertook and the voluntary work they carried out. It was a time that provided women with a freedom and a power, the likes of which they had never known before. Attitudes towards divorce and how they changed over time are also discussed; from being a religious stigma around the time of the First World War, to being a life choice in the much more promiscuous times of the Second World War, by which time latex male contraceptives had been available for about 20 years.

An informative and fascinating read, Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford provides a compelling and moving account of the lives of the town’s women throughout these turbulent years.

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About Stephen Wynn

Stephen Wynn is a retired Police officer who served with Essex Police for thirty years. His first book, Two Sons in a War Zone: Afghanistan: The True Story of a Fathers Conflict, was published in 2010. It is his personal account of his sons’ first tours in Afghanistan. Both of his grandparents served in and survived the First World War.

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