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Struggle and Suffrage in Glasgow (Paperback)

Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality

British History Scotland P&S History Social History Women of History 20th Century Struggle and Suffrage

By Judith Valley
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Struggle and Suffrage
Pages: 126
Illustrations: 25 black and white
ISBN: 9781526718297
Published: 13th May 2019
Last Released: 10th March 2021


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On a dark January night in 1914, Glasgow’s iconic Kibble Palace at the Botanic Gardens became the target of a bomb attack which shattered 27 large panes of glass. The police concluded it was the work of militant suffragettes after discovering footprints of ladies’ shoes…and an empty champagne bottle and cake.

The attack was just one of many incidents as the women of Glasgow battled for the right to vote: marching on the streets, daring escapes from under the nose of police officers, and a meeting which ended in a riot.

One hundred years from when some women were finally able to go to the ballot box for the first time, this book examines the inspirational women of Glasgow of the time and their quest for equal rights and improvements in all areas of society. The women who challenged miserable conditions facing workers, who fought for a formal university education and helped to improve the health of the nation. The women who took part in the suffrage movement in Glasgow, from the first meetings to militant action and force feeding. The women who took on work from driving trams to staffing hospitals on the frontline when war broke out. And the journey from women gaining the right to vote to being able to take a seat in Parliament for the first time.

‘Struggle and Suffrage’ in Glasgow uncovers stories of the pioneering women of the city who left a legacy for generations to come.

Author article: 'Home front: Scotland and the fight for suffrage' as featured by

The Herald (Glasgow), 18th August 2019

Author article: 'Bomb plots and riots – the real story of Scotland's suffragettes' as featured by

The National, 18th August 2019

About Judith Valley

Judith Vallely is a writer and newspaper journalist who has a passion for uncovering stories about people and places. She lives and works in Glasgow and has an MA in English and Scottish Literature from Edinburgh University, and a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism from Napier University, Edinburgh. She can be found tweeting at @JudithVallely

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