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Struggle and Suffrage in Chelmsford (ePub)

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
File Size: 2.7 MB (.epub)
Pages: 115
Illustrations: 25
ISBN: 9781526716088
eBook Released: 10th June 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 is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. His sons served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, Two Sons in a Warzone – Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father’s Conflict, published in October 2010. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.


When not writing Stephen can be found walking his three German Shepherd dogs with his wife Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning, when most normal people are still fast asleep.

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