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Suffragettes of Kent (Paperback)

Local History British History Social History Women of History 20th Century

By Jennifer Godfrey
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781526723512
Published: 30th September 2019

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'Suffragettes of Kent' delivers a thought provoking insight into the many stories of hope, determination, courage and sacrifice of those involved in the women’s suffrage movement in Kent.

Discover an untold story of a young working class Kent maid involved in the suffrage movement. See photographs of Ethel and learn of her arrest and imprisonment in March 1912 for participating in the window-smashing militant action.

The 1908 Women’s Freedom League van and the 1913 Women’s Social and Political Union holiday tours of Kent are retraced, their messages and the Kent inhabitants’ reactions explored. Details are included of Kent’s involvement in the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies’ mass pilgrimage from all parts of the country to London in 1913.

Revealing the part Maidstone Gaol played in forcible feeding of suffragette prisoners the book includes an account written by the gaol’s lead medical man.

Detailing many links between national suffrage movement leaders and pioneers and Kent included are accounts of the visits, speeches and actions of Charlotte Despard, Emmeline Pankhurst, Annie Kenney, Emily Wilding Davison and Millicent Fawcett. Discover who was imprisoned in Maidstone Gaol, which pioneer was stoned by a Kent audience during her speech, who interrupted a Kent Liberal meeting in Tunbridge Wells, which woman challenged their Kent audience to do more for the cause and who was much celebrated on her visit to a Kent seaside town.

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About Jennifer Godfrey

Jennifer Godfrey is a first time author, juggling research and writing with family life. She enjoys listening to and learning from other people’s stories. She’s worked as a Solicitor where clients’ accounts of a situation must be accurately conveyed. She’s also worked in a mental health charity, listening to experiences and creating resources to support others in a similar position. Writing Suffragettes of Kent has enabled Jennifer to become an advocate once again, but this time for historic Kent voices.

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