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My Own Story [Kindle Edition]

Emmeline Pankhurst
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"She shaped an idea of women for our time; she shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back" Time "She put body and soul at the service of liberty, equality and fraternity and secured a triumph for them" -- Rebecca West "Emmeline Pankhurst fought for women's suffrage with indomitable courage" Guardian

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The great leader of the women’s suffrage movement, tells the story of her struggles in her own words.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UJ2Q0O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Without rancor and without malice Emmeline Pankurst takes us inside the belly of patriarchal control of womens rights. First person prison accounts from Pankhurst reveal for the reader in shocking detail how badly women were treated during the push for sufferage. Pankhurst's leadership of the first womens movement is revealed through her look at the world around her. Pankhurst takes us through her growing militancy and enlarges our notion of what a long and difficult struggle it has been. My own life has been personally enriched from reading this book. Emmeline Pankhurst is my hero.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True heroes. 31 July 2014
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This is the incredible story, not only of Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, but of the Suffragettes and the women's movement. Reading this book overwhelmed me with emotion. I felt indignation, anger and frustration at the politicians that, over and over, refused to end woman suffrage. Words cannot express how grateful I am that all of these women existed, and gave me the opportunity to vote.

I learned a little about the Suffragettes in school, mainly Miss Davison, who threw herself in front of the King's horse at Epsom, and of the forcible feeding, though history lessons in school don't tell of the true horror these women experienced at the hands of prison doctors during this forced feeding.

Even so, a lot of what we learn about Suffragettes today seems to be clouded by the then government's portrayal of these women, though the truth is an utterly different story. This book contains the story from the Suffragette leader. It details everything she did, everything she ordered, everything the other women organised and carried out even without her doing.

The women, not all of whom can be documented in this book, are true heroes. I owe my rights, as a woman, to them. Because they fought for us all.

This book has made me feel empowered, and renewed my energy to continue on their fight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The great thing about this autobiography is the way it brings to life the years before the first world war when the battle for women's suffrage was at its height. Emmeline Pankhurst was a driven person and this was written in 1914 when the battle for suffrage was still not won so do not expect a balanced account of the events. Driven people do not generally see both points of view. There is, for example, no acknowledgement here that the Liberal government against which she was fighting was actually one of the great radical reforming governments of the 20th century. Nor is there much recognition that within the suffrage movement there were several groups with different views about how the struggle should be taken forward. Even her daughter Sylvia, who had, by the time this book was written, broken away from her mother's organisation because she felt that women's suffrage should be part of a wider social campaign, gets very few mentions. But the book is a vivid and exciting account of the powerful force of the suffrage movement and the way it came close to dominating British political life in the decade before the first world war. Towards the end the book is 'padded' a bit with long verbatim reports of Mrs Pankhurst's speeches, but make no mistake it is a compelling story and anyone interested in the social history and development of our society should not fail to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Suzie
Terrific to hear about the struggle from the lady herself. I thought I knew something about the Suffragettes but I was horrified at the deliberate mistreatment of these incredible women from all classes and age groups. The pictures of these ladies in their long skirts, modest clothing and flowered hats belie their strength and determination, and I cannot believe that the policemen pushed them around and dragged them by their hair etc when they albeit in large numbers wanted to protest about inequality. Mrs Pankhurst writes in such a calm and polite way and this is to reiterate a wonderful book about those times and I am left feeling in awe of them all considering the consequences.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing story of the suffrage movement ... 7 Nov. 2014
By SunnyB
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Although I am interested in social history, the struggle of the suffrage movement, is not one at which I have taken a close look. This of course, is shameful - as is the way the women of this movement were treated.

Naively, I had thought the fight for a woman's right to vote, was quite short and was attended by extreme action from the outset. The reader of this book will find out otherwise and also discover how unfairly the women were treated by the men of the government, who blatantly manipulated the judiciary in an attempt to quash the suffrage movement. And all the while, expecting women to support them in their political campaigns

Sadly, this book does not take the reader up to the point when the movement reaped the reward of their struggles, but it has inspired me to investigate further. Believe me, there was much more to its success, than chaining to railings and death under the hooves of the King's horse.

A definite 'must read' for anyone interested in English social history or women's emancipation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 9 July 2012
By Laney
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I knew very little of the suffragettes before reading this. I was stunned to read of their treatment, but was particularly interested to read of how the movement changed from peaceful to militant. I also read with interest the attitudes of some so-called "great" men. This is an enlightening read straight from the horse's mouth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
I agree with other reviewers here, this book is compelling reading and very shocking - I too never knew the extent to which fellow women went for our rights and liberty. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Lizardgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect present
Bought for my girlfriend who literally went "Oh wow," plus I got a huge smile and a big hug. Well packaged. Would use supplier again.
Published 17 days ago by ilias daddy
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener
Every woman should read this.
Well written, interesting insight into social conditions and the long fight for rights of women.
Published 20 days ago by Deborah Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. I read it also as a historical account of the time so was THRILLED with it.
Published 28 days ago by Worle Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very interesting time in our history.
Published 1 month ago by Dav E Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great courage
Published 1 month ago by sinead clery
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story, well told, straight from the horse's mouth.
Published 1 month ago by Georgina Bayley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very interesting and informative content but a boring read
Published 2 months ago by jennifer kentish
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
An interesting book for the subject.
Published 2 months ago by Jane Elizabeth Porteus
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am in awe by these women, and embarrassed that women now take their vote for granted. Sad she didn't live to see the day when they were finally given the vote
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