This week we are taking it back, right back in fact to 1906 as we explore Emmeline Pankhurst’s journey in My Own Story.
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Now, for this week’s book.
This Book: My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst
In case you weren’t aware – and if so, how? Emmeline Pankhurst was the woman who spearheaded the Suffragette movement. This was the movement of women and men who fought for a woman’s right to vote.
My favourite thing about this book was how much it taught me, while everyone thinks that the movement started in 1911, it actually started years before that. The end of the movement also didn’t happen when Emily Wilding Davison threw herself in front of the King’s horse.
The book gives a well-rounded view of what the women had to go through in the fight for women’s suffrage, including the fateful events of Black Friday and force-feeding in Holloway prison.
Their are some parts of this book which makes you want to cry, notable moments for me was when a woman in a cell next to Pankhurst gave birth in prison. As well as the graphic description of how women were force-fed in prison – something which was inhumane.
My favourite thing about My Own Story is that you can experience the events and ill-treatment Pankhurst and other Suffragettes went through during the ten years women fought for their right to vote. Something that a film can’t quite match.
If you want a deeper understanding of the Suffragette movement then read this book. Even if you don’t like reading factual books, you still should read this. It’s beautifully written and despite the nature of the book, it avoids being miserable and ‘woo-is-me’ and rather remain uplifting and inspiring from start to finish.
Next book: One Syrian Summer by Dorothy Al Khafaji