In this well-structured, fluent and lively account, Paula Bartley uses new archival material to assess whether Pankhurst should be seen as a heroine or a tyrant, a conservative or a progressive.
Emmeline Pankhurst was the most prominent campaigner for the women's right to vote and was transformed into a popular heroine of the early twentieth century. Early in life she was attracted to socialism, she grew into an entrenched and militant suffragette and ended up as a Conservative Party candidate.
This new biography examines the guiding principles that underpinned all of Emmeline Pankhurst's actions, and places her achievements within a wider social and political context.
'Paula Bartley provides us with the feminist biography of Pankhurst for which we have been eagerly waiting.' - Harold L. Smith, University of Houston, Victoria.
'…this is a very useful and accessible text for both student and teacher. Her research is thorough and far reaching and leaves few unanswered questions about Emmeline Pankhurst.' - Susan Johnson, Women's History Magazine, June 2003