Suffragette Planners and Plotters (Paperback)
The Pankhurst/Pethick-Lawrence Story
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Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence were an extraordinary couple and theirs is an extraordinary political and personal story. Emmeline was treasurer of Mrs Pankhurst’s militant Women’s Social and Political Union. Fred was the only man to achieve leadership status in the organisation. Without their wealth, determination and skills we might never have heard of the ‘suffragettes’.
Emmeline was always at Mrs Pankhurst’s side whilst Fred was the ‘Godfather’ who stood bail for a thousand women. Both were imprisoned and force-fed. They provided the militant movement with its colours, its home, and much of its vision, and it was their associates who initiated the hunger strike and who brought force-feeding to national attention. But in 1912 the couple were dramatically ousted from the organisation by the Pankhursts in a move that has often been misrepresented. This book is a portrait of the couple and their relationship with the Pankhursts, and of their inspirational fight, not just for the vote for women, but for freedom and equality across the world.
The Pethick-Lawrences were once as well known as the Pankhursts. But they have been neglected by history. This is the first book to give the Pethick-Lawrences the recognition that their part in the fight for the vote deserves, shedding new light on the development of the militant campaign. It is also the first to address in detail the complexities of the dramatic split with the Pankhursts which has been misunderstood for a hundred years.
Our Top PickThe Lady, 21st February 2020 - reviewed by Naomi Price
This salutary and moving study goes a long way to re-righting history.
Article: 'My whirlwind of suffrage research' as featured byDorking Advertiser, 23rd May 2019
This is a fascinating book that goes into great detail about two equally fascinating people who don’t have the recognition for their work and their achievements in the suffrage fight as other individuals do. It is an engaging and very informative book that is brilliantly researched, there is not doubt that the author is deeply passionate about the history, her writing it vivid, it has a real warmth and realism to it that conveys not only the facts, but the authors opinion in a way that engages the reader.Chicks, Rogues and Scandals
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Yes, everyone knows the Pankhursts and the parts they played in the fight for women’s suffrage. But this book chronicles the lives of the Pankhursts’ friends and assistants, the Pethuck-Lawrences, and a fascinating story it is too. For anyone interested in British social history, this is a terrific addition to the body of work on suffrage.Books Monthly
An inherently fascinating, impressively informative, and exceptionally well presented study, "Suffragette Planners and Plotters: The Pankhurst, Pethick-Lawrence Story" by Kathryn Atherton is an extraordinary, unique, and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library American History collections in general, and the Suffragette Movement supplemental studies lists in particular. It should be noted for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.Midwest Book Review
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Very, very interesting.Lil's Vintage World
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Article: 'Author sheds new light on remarkable couple at the forefront of fight for vote' as featured byDorking Advertiser, 21st February 2019