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Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography

Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography

Purvis, June

Emmeline Pankhurst was perhaps the most influential woman of the twentieth century. Today her name is synonymous with the 'votes for women' campaign and she is remembered as the most brave and inspirational suffrage leader in history. In this absorbing account of her life both before and after the campaign for women's suffrage, June Purvis documents her early political work, her active role within the suffrage movement and her role as a wife and mother within her family.This fascinating full-length biography of Emmeline Pankhurst, the first for nearly seventy years, draws upon new approaches to feminist biography to place her within the context of her family and friends. It is based upon an unrivalled range of primary sources, including personal interviews with her surviving family

Book. English.
Published London: Routledge, 2002
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Statement of responsibility: June Purvis
ISBN: 0415239788, 9780415239783
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xvi, 448 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Series: Women's and gender history
Subject: Suffragists Great Britain Political activity.; Women Suffrage.; Pankhurst, Emmeline, 1858-1928.; Suffragists Great Britain Biography.


  1. Childhood and Young Womanhood
  2. Marriage and entry in to Political life
  3. Political Hostess
  4. Social and public Representative
  5. Widowhood and Employment
  6. Foundation and early years of WSPU
  7. To London
  8. Autocrat of the WSPU?
  9. Emmeline and Christabel
  10. 'A New and More Heroic Plane.'
  11. Personal Sorrow and Fortitude
  12. The Truce Renewed
  13. The Women's Revolution
  14. Break with the Pethick Lawrences
  15. Honorary Treasurer of the WSPU and Agitator
  16. Prisoner of the Cat and Mouse Act
  17. Ousting of Sylvia and a Fresh Start for Adela
  18. Fugitive
  19. War work and a second Family
  20. War Emissary to Russia: Emmeline versus the Bolsheviks
  21. Leader of the Women's Party
  22. Lecturer in North America and Defender of the British Empire
  23. Last Years: Conservative Parliamentary candidate.
  24. Niche in History.


'What Purvis does for Emmeline Pankhurst in her new biography is to provide a detailed, scrupulous, excellently researched retelling of the story, and thus offer a vindication of the woman.'- Michael Foot, The Guardian

'The product of careful and thorough research, offering in many respects an important corrective to established views ... Purvis has tracked down surviving letters in many scattered collections, as well as patiently trawling through newspaper reports of Emmeline's speeches, and gaining exclusive access to the late Jill Craigie's collection of suffrage material' - Mark Bostridge, Times Literary Supplement