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Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield (Paperback)

Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality

Local History Yorkshire and Humberside Social History Women of History Struggle and Suffrage

By Gaynor Haliday
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Struggle and Suffrage
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781526717733
Published: 30th April 2019

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Much has been written about the men of Wakefield, but apart from a couple of well-documented individuals, the women of Wakefield have remained largely ignored.

Yet many women in this prosperous West Riding town worked hard to improve their lives and those of other women. Whether this was healthcare, housing, working conditions or providing refuge and training so that girls with no means of support could be made fit for employment, Wakefield’s women worked separately and together to achieve their mutual goals.

Some were active campaigners and lobbyists, others chose vocations that quietly improved the lives of the women around them.

Struggle and Suffrage in Wakefield uses historical newspaper articles, minutes of meetings, annual reports, first-hand stories and research into census returns to illustrate how women’s lives changed over a 100 year period and reveal some of those Wakefield women whose influence made things happen.

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About Gaynor Haliday

After many years in business development, Gaynor Haliday is pursuing a second career in writing, working for various clients to create website content, blogs and features. Combining her passion for family and social history she has written various articles about her ancestors for several magazines. In researching this book Gaynor discovered how the brave souls trying to uphold Victorian law, with only a truncheon for defence and a stick to summon help, became the pioneers of modern policing.

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