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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: 201
Illustrations: 25
ISBN: 9781526717733
Published: 16th 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.

Five stars: An excellent book, covering many neglected subjects in an engrossing and highly readable way. Many congratulations to Gaynor for writing it.

Phil Judkins, Wakefield Historical Society

Gaynor Haliday features in 'Subscriber Spotlight'

Writing magazine, September 2019

Article: 'Struggle and suffrage' as featured by

Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post, 26th June 2019 – words by Laura Drysdale

About Gaynor Haliday

Pursuing her passion for delving into family and social history, Gaynor Haliday started sharing the stories she had uncovered, by writing magazine articles about her ancestors. Her first book, Victorian Policing (Pen & Sword, November 2017), was inspired by her great, great grandfather’s policing career.


As well as writing website content on a wide variety of topics for a number of clients, Gaynor also has an enjoyable career proofreading and editing for a well-known publisher of social history.

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