Struggle and Suffrage in Manchester

Women's Lives and the Fight for Equality

Glynis Cooper

‘Women are not persons.' That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal when Gwynneth Bebb challenged the Law Society to allow her to take exams and become a solicitor. The case was dismissed because only ‘persons' (i.e. males) could become members of the Law Society and it proved the depth of misogyny within the Establishment at that time.
Date Published :
December 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Struggle and Suffrage
Illustration :
50 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781526712066
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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‘Women are not persons.’ That was the ruling of the Court of Appeal when Gwynneth Bebb challenged the Law Society to allow her to take exams and become a solicitor. The case was dismissed because only ‘persons’ (i.e. males) could become members of the Law Society and it proved the depth of misogyny within the Establishment at that time.

'Suffrage and Struggle in Manchester’ celebrates the struggle for the recognition of female rights, the centenary of female suffrage and the 90th anniversary of universal suffrage, as well as the female achievements and freedoms gained during those years. For much of the 19th century hundreds of thousands of women were simply legalised slaves with no rights. The suffrage movement was born in the appalling conditions of the 19th century Manchester millscapes, although the later militant suffrage campaign was led by Emmeline Pankhurst, together with her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela. Opposition to female suffrage came from other women, like Margot Asquith and Beatrice Webb, but it was the effort of all women during the Great War which finally won women the vote. Marie Stopes also played a part in female emancipation through her pioneering work in birth control, but her motives had sinister undertones. This is also the story of the countless thousands of women of Manchester, whose names are lost to us, but without whose strength, willingness and determination the development of modern Britain would have been very different. This is their story as much as the story of those who made the headlines and gained their place in the history books.

About The Author
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Glynis Cooper was born in Greater Manchester, home to both her mother and father's families, and trained in the dual disciplines of archaeology and librarianship. Her hobbies are reading, history and travel, which have proved a great help while researching information for her books. So far, she has written twenty titles, which include local history, and two novels. Currently she is working on titles in the Your Towns and Cities in the Great War series, published between 2014-18 by Pen & Sword to commemorate the First World War.

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